The Life StationSerhiy Kravchenko / Actions & Adventure
The Life Station
Copyright 2014 by Serhiy Kravchenko
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Original title: Спасательная Станция
Translation: Beata Kaczyńska
Cover design: Anatolij Peluch
Cover photo: Krzysztof Szukalski
THE LIFE STATION
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mat. 4:18-20)
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (Luke 5:8-10)
Nowadays in our modern world the most similar image to what Jesus talked about is a rescue service.
It happens in life that a person comes to a situation that’s called the valley of the shadow of death. Only few minutes or even seconds can separate him from the death and if no one comes for his rescue he would simply die, he would die before the his time comes. He could live more, raise his children and grandchildren, and bring joy of his presence to many people on the earth.
It’s not right to die before the time comes. Similarly it’s not right to go to hell. The hell was created for the devil and fallen angels, not for a man. People go to hell only because they are deceived by Satan. A person who flounders in the depths of the sea understands clearly he needs someone’s strong hand to get hold of. But a person that downs in the depths of sin not always understands that he is dying. What does it feel like to perish and not even understand that? It can only happen with a blind, deceived person. The Devil works hard to darken a person in such a way that even dying he would not ask for someone to help.
Jesus said that He would build a church. And He did that. He built the church. The ark of Noah saved 8 people on its broadside but we deal with milliards of people.
I would compare a church not with a boat but with a life station. A church is a life station. It’s not a storage, not a room where you keep tools and equipment for life saving. It’s a life station. And rescuers are being trained and equipped. And every day they live fully alert. They’re ready to react when SOS signal is received, go to a place of affliction and properly and knowledgably give a helping hand to injured. If it takes to cover tens of miles in order to come to a rescue for people in affliction, a rescuer would do that. If it’s enough to throw a safety ring and pull a drowner out of the water, he would do that. If he needs to dive in order to save a person, he would dive. After that rescuers would bring him to a safe place and provide medical assistance. This is how a rescue service works nowadays.
In reality as minimum six milliards of people out of seven milliards are in the waters. And what about that one milliard of saved ones that one day were downing in the depths of sea as well waiting for the end? They’re on a coast. They don’t need to be saved, they have been saved already. They’re not lost drachma, they’re not prodigal sons, and they’re not lost sheep. They’re at home, they’re in a flock, and they’re in a wallet.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)