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This Month's Message

By Fran Caffey Sandin

On October 14, 1987, 18 month-old Jessica McClure toddled in her aunt’s back yard in Midland, Texas, where she stepped into an eight-inch diameter well pipe and fell 22 feet down the shaft. The potentially fatal accident caught the attention of newspapers and TV stations. People across America were glued to their TV sets by the images of it all. Rescue attempts were begun, but Baby Jessica was without food or water for more than two and a half days. While in the pipe she was kept warm by air vented down into the hole. Rescuers and family members heard her sing “Winnie the Pooh” which gave them reassurance that she was alive. People around the globe encouraged the family by sending their prayers and best wishes for Jessica’s recovery and even providing money for a trust fund.

Thankfully after 58 long hours, at 8:30 p.m. on October 16, 1987, the watching world cheered when Baby Jessica was successfully pulled up from the well. Due to the fall, Jessica suffered a cut to her head, and later had an amputated toe and a foot reconstructed because of a subsequent infection Then came a surprise when the Vice President, George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, visited Jessica as she recovered in the Midland Memorial Hospital. People everywhere rejoiced with the family in the heroic rescue of Baby Jessica. Thirty years later, Jessica said in an interview that she does not remember the incident but stated with confidence, “I had God on my side that day. My life is a miracle.”

In 2017 we celebrate another miracle and another baby but this time, it is the baby who is the rescuer. Baby Jesus is central to Christmas. We set up the Nativity Scene with Mary and Joseph admiring Baby Jesus in a manger. The wise men and their camels occupy one side, the shepherds and their sheep on the other. An angel above the stable heralds the birth of the long-awaited Messiah whose coming fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies.

From Scripture we learn that Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary. He was the Son of God. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1: 14 NASB). Christ was God in the flesh. He existed before the foundation of the world, but He came to earth on assignment, a mission to RESCUE you and me.

Yes, the Baby Jesus became a man who demonstrated the glory of God on earth. He came with a purpose, to give sinful men, women, boys, and girls the opportunity to have fellowship with Him that includes love, joy, peace, and eternal security. He came to save us from eternal separation from God and from the fires of Hell and damnation. What a marvelous rescue!

We cannot go to heaven or save ourselves by good works. We are saved by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (II Corinthians 5: 21 NASB). Our part is to repent of our sin and walk in faith, believing the miracle that at the cross Jesus paid for all our sins. He died, was buried, and resurrected; proving that He is the glorified Son of God, our Savior, and our Rescuer. Eternity is a long, long time. We can choose to live forever in His Presence. What a magnificent gift! We worship, honor, and praise His Holy Name.

Dear Heavenly Father, we are amazed by your life-giving grace and compassion. Thank you for sending Jesus to earth in a humble manger to show that He saves anyone who believes in Him.

We are so thankful for your marvelous gift of redeeming love at Christmas and always. A-men.