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Our Rescue Is Coming

Ask God to shine His light into a dark area of your life. Pray for courage to reveal what you have kept concealed.


Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:33, ” Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. “


My first exposure to the dangers of the high seas came by way of a television show called Gilligan’s Island . On this show, five passengers and two crewmen were stranded on an uncharted desert island after their charter boat, appropriately if not inaccurately named the SS Minnow (the ” SS ” generally stood for ” steamship, ” which this little boat was clearly not), encountered a storm and crashed on its shore. With no means of communication, and no way off the island, the seven new inhabitants of this strange, new world spend the balance of their time coping with their situation while trying to figure a way off the island. And it all started with a simple three-hour tour. The theme song to Gilligan’s Island tells us that those five passengers set sail that fateful day on a three-hour tour of the tropic seas, but an unexpected storm hit, landing them on a ” tropic island nest…like Robinson Crusoe it’s primitive as can be. ” Three hours one afternoon turned into three seasons of a show with ninety-eight episodes, dozens of near-rescues, and countless occurrences of things that could in no way happen on an island unless it existed in the land of television. A lot can happen in three hours. Some can run 26.2 miles. Doctors can perform something as life-saving as coronary bypass surgery. Cooks can prepare a lovely turkey and all the trimmings for a feast. And the skies can turn black.


As Jesus hung on the cross, having been beaten, nailed, and mocked, after having entreated His Father to forgive those who put Him there, after promising paradise to a condemned sinner, the world went dark. And dark it remained for three hours. Without saying a word, the Father of Lights showed how dark a world can be without His grace and mercy. By concealing the light, God said how wrong it was to kill His Son. But when He restored its brightness, He promised a greater ending. Rescue was coming. Our three hour tour would not have to end stranded and deserted. Our captain was faithful.


As we seek Him today, ask God to shine His light into a dark area of your life. Pray for courage to reveal what you have kept concealed.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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