|Theme:||Salvation (Trinity Suday)|
|Object:||A life jacket|
|Scripture:||For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (NIV)|
Many people enjoy boating, fishing, sailing, and canoeing on lakes, rivers, and streams. Have you ever gone out in a boat? If so, I am sure that you know what this is. It is a life jacket. You know that it is very important to put on a life jacket any time you go out in a boat. You never know when an accident might happen or when a storm might come up. If you are thrown from the boat, a life jacket can save your life.
One day, some men and boys went fishing on a lake. Before they got into the boat, they began to put on their life jackets. One of the men refused to put on a life jacket. Perhaps he thought it made him look like a weakling, or maybe he thought, "I know how to swim. If anything happens I can save myself." They had only been on the lake for a short time when a sudden storm came up. The wind blew and the waves became so high that they turned the boat over. The ones who were wearing life jackets made it to shore and were saved. The man who was not wearing a life jacket drowned because he had refused to take the one thing that could have saved him.
The Bible tells us that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Jesus wants to save us and take us to Heaven to be with him, but there are some people who think they might look weak if they admit that they need Jesus. They think that they can take care of themselves without him. When the storms of life come up, they are thrown overboard and are lost forever because they refused to take hold of the one thing that could save them... Jesus.
It is foolish to go out onto the water without a life jacket, but it is even more foolish to try to sail the sea of life without Jesus!
Dear Lord, we know that you sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us. We pray that as we sail upon the sea of life, each and every one here today will take hold of the one thing that can save us from the storms which we are sure to encounter... Jesus, our Savior. Amen.
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