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Only One


Several years ago, an elite military team of four set out on a mission in Afghanistan that went horribly wrong.  Their position was discovered and the enemy quickly closed in.  Immediately, two helicopters of army troops took off to rescue the endangered special operators as the enemy poured through the hills to hunt them down.

Tragically, as the helicopters approached the landing area they were shot down and all the would-be rescuers perished.  By that time only one of the four troopers was still alive and he took refuge in a village.  It didn’t take long for the enemy to realize that and close in on the village.  The Army again sent in a large rapid reaction force to rescue the lone survivor despite the chance of even more loss of life. Thankfully, the soldier was rescued, but at a very significant cost.

Why would an army send so many into a dangerous situation to save just one?  Simply, the nation made a commitment to those who committed to the nation.  No one was to be left behind- each soldier is valued so much that others would be sent into harms way to save just the one who is in need.

What a beautiful reminder of what Jesus said about us;

““What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?” Matthew‬ ‭18:12‬ ‭

We sometimes have to remember that Jesus died for all of us, but He would have died even if it was just for me or just for you.  Our God so loved the world that He gave His only son, but in reality, He so loved me and He so loved you enough to send His only son if we were the only ones in need.

How amazing is our Fathers love for us?  Today, focus on the fact Jesus would have died even if it was for only you.

Matthew 13:10-14; Titus 2:13-14; John 3:16

Prayer focus: children world wide becoming victims of evil.

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