On a flight home from Minnesota, I had to take our church plane for a maintenance stop at an airport in Watertown, Wisconsin. I remembered this airport had been the scene of an awful plane crash the previous year. One of the staff mechanics filled me in on the details of the accident.

A large group of pilots sat in the hangar enjoying lunch, as another pilot prepared to fly his plane in for landing. The pilot came in hard and fast and his plane bounced roughly as it made its descent. This forced him to advance the throttle and elevate for another attempt.

But because the pilot didn’t use his rudder to correct the imbalance resulting from the sudden surge in power, the nose of the plane tilted so high it was almost at a 90° angle. The pilot lost control of the plane as it stalled, fell to the ground, and cart-wheeled about 200 feet away from the hangar where the other pilots were eating.

The plane immediately burst into flames, putting the lives of the pilot and his female passenger in grave danger. A rocket-propelled emergency parachute, which fed off a fuel reserve, threatened to explode at any moment.

Death appeared certain for the pilot and his passenger. Smoke and flames enveloped the cabin. But both people survived because a part-time maintenance worker rushed to their aid. At his own peril, the young man pulled them from the wreckage and dragged them to safety.

What a hero! This young, obscure worker is a good illustration of a savior. He put his life on the line for the sake of others.

There is another Savior, Jesus Christ, Who laid down His life so we could experience eternal life. Our sinless Savior became sin for us so we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Have you said, “Thank You,” to your Savior today for sparing you from an eternal Hell? You are alive today because of His sacrifice.

If man could have saved himself, there would have been no need for the Son of God to come on Earth. Indeed, His coming is proof that people cannot save themselves. — M. Lloyd-Jones

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.