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But now he (Jesus) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:26-28)
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news, Sept. 11, 2001. Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go." I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."
I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there- comforting and assuring them that their Faith in Me has saved them.
I was in Texas, Kansas, and London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?
I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though they did NOT all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 100th floor. Some sought Me out in their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames, "Come to Me... this way...take My hand." Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day - you may not know why, but I DO. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?
September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go." I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
Ultimately, it isn't about renewed religion, passionate patriotism, or a sense of safety. It comes down to you, and it comes down to Him.
If the events of September 11 and the ensuing fearful news stories have caused you to self-reflect, then take a few moments and consider what kind of letter Jesus would write to you. From my perspective, there are two elements to being "ready to go" that are crucial. The first element is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have placed your complete trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, then no matter what happens- you will spend an eternity in heaven. Yet consider the second part of being "ready to go": personal righteousness.
The Christians that died on September 11 will never have another chance to share their faith with the unsaved, give to the poor, or hundreds of other things that advance the Kingdom. When terror and tragedy strike so close home, it's easy to give in to worry. Don't! Instead, use every moment wisely and make every effort to be "ready to go" through deepening your walk with Christ and sharing it with others.
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