“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.” (Matt. 13:47)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 13:47-50
The greatest shipwreck story of the twentieth century, that of Titanic, captures interest even today. Built in 1912, the British-registered ocean liner was designed for the transatlantic passenger and mail service between Southampton, England, and New York, US. Constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, on her maiden voyage, Titanic claimed the title of the largest vessel afloat.
On April 10, 1912, the new liner set sail from Southampton with 2,208 passengers and crew. The rest is well-known history; four short days later, the ship collided with an iceberg. Passengers on the decks were frantically loaded into lifeboats while the ship quickly sank. Afterward, an official list was issued with only two categories: saved and lost. On that tragic date in history, 1,496 people perished and only 712 survived.
As Jesus said, “This is how it will be at the end of the age” (Matt. 13:49). Like the passengers on Titanic, we are all inextricably linked on this ship called earth. There really are only two lists that our names may appear on: saved and lost. Our part in the kingdom of heaven is to share the gospel, our lifesaver, with as many passengers as we can. Oh, that Jesus would open our eyes to see those who need help into the lifeboat.
Share the good news of salvation with a fellow traveler today.
S. Schulz wrote devotionals for earlier editions of Light from the Word. They have been drawn from the archives and reprinted for this publication.
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