Lost at sea
A small submersible craft named Titan, and the plight of its five passengers, has dominated the news headlines this week.
When the vessel went missing on Sunday, a massive international search and rescue operation began in the hope of saving those five men. It now seems the sub suffered a catastrophic failure on its descent to the Titanic wreckage meaning that, mercifully, the deaths of those individuals was almost certainly instantaneous.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who, after suffering an agonising four-day vigil, have now had their worst fears realised. At times like this, I wonder, do both believer and unbeliever alike turn to Jesus? If so, was their faith shaken when their hopes were dashed?
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, shared words of unassailable faith, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV)
Even at the bottom of the very deepest ocean, we are never separated from the love of Jesus. Neither can death cut us off from his redemption. It is doubtful that the bodies of those men will ever be recovered but whether or not they are found, Jesus has done everything to ensure that none of those passengers is lost.
In the words of the song, “In Christ alone, my hope is found…here in the love of Christ I stand.”
About the Writer:
Peter Mill is Regional Co-Pastor for GCI in Scotland and Ireland