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Summary: When you care so much for the lost that you are willing to risk it all, you have a heart for the world. (Ex. Jesus)

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Heart for the World

Grant van Boeschoten

September 28th, 2008

Main Thought: When you care so much about the lost that you are willing to risk it all, you have a heart for the world.

There is no question that God’s prized creation is people.

There is no doubt that the most important thing in the world is people.

There is complete certainty, that God wants to have a relationship with every person that he ever created.

Jesus explained the mission statement for his life. He said, “I have come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus cared so much about people who were lost, that he gave his entire life to finding them, and to becoming the solution for how lost people get found.

Jesus loves you, and he died to redeem your life.

When Jesus died on the cross it was for the redemption of a lost and hurting world.

1 Peter 2:24-25 (MSG)

24 He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. 25 You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.

Jesus loved people so much, that he gave everything that he had. He gave the ultimate sacrifice of his blood, so that the lost could be found.

When you care so much about the lost that you are willing to risk it all, you have a heart for the world

Rick Rescorla

I wonder how many of you have heard of Rick Rescorla? He is known as the man who predicted the tragedy of 9/11.

Long before September 11th, Rick Rescorla, the 62 year old head of security at the Morgan Stanley Bank, developed an evacuation plan for the bank. The bank’s offices were situated high up in the South Tower at the World Trade Center. Rescorla was convinced that Osama Bin Laden would use jet planes to try and destroy the World Trade Centre. The plan and its preparation where hugely unpopular with the Morgan Stanley staff, many of whom thought Rescorla was mad.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 hit World Trade Center Tower 1 at 8:46 am. Rick Rescorla ignored building officials’ advice to stay put and began the orderly evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s 2,800 employees on 20 floors of World Trade Center Tower 2, and 1,000 employees in WTC 5.

Rescorla reminded everyone to “be proud to be an American…everyone will be talking about you tomorrow:”, and sang God Bless America and other songs over his bullhorn to help evacuees stay calm as they left the building. Rescorla had most of Morgan Stanley’s 2800 employees as well as people working on other floors of WTC 2 safely out of the buildings by the time United Airlines Flight 175 hit WTC 2 at 9:07 a.m.

After having reached safety, Rescorla returned to the building to rescue others still inside. He was last seen heading up the stairs of the tenth floor of the collapsing WTC 2. His remains were not recovered.

As a result of Recorlas’s actions, only 6 of Morgan Stanley’s 2800 WTC employees were killed on September 11th, 2001, including Rick and 3 of his deputies who followed him back into the building.

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