Summary: Finding Our Home In God
When Love Takes You In
Let’s turn in your Bibles to Ephesians 1:3-6. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will _ to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves Jesus Christ. I want to talk to you today about what it means to be a part of God’s family and how important it is for us to find our family identity in Christ. Recently there was an article in the September 19 edition of the Washington Times entitled Aboard Flight 564. It reads, As it was a t most US Airports, last Saturday was the first near normal day at Denver International since the terrorist attacks. On United Flight 564, the door had just been locked and the plane was about to pull out of the gate when the captain came on the public address system. I want to thank you brave folks for coming out today. We don’t have any new instructions from the federal government, so from now on we’re on our own. The passengers listened in total silence. He explained that airport measures had pretty much solved the problem of firearms being carried aboard, but not weapons of the type the terrorists apparently used, plastic knives or those fashioned from wood or ceramics. Sometimes a potential hijacker will announce that he has a bomb. There are no bombs on this aircraft and if someone were to get up make that claim, don’t believe him. If someone were to stand up, brandish something such as a plastic knife and say, This is a hijacking or words to that effect here is what you should do: Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at that person_ pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes _ anything that will throw him off balance and distract his attention. If he has an accomplice or two do the same with them. Most important: get a blanket over him, then wrestle him to the floor and keep him there. We’ll land the plane at the nearest airport and the authorities will take it from there.
Remember, there will be one of him and maybe a few accomplices but there are 200 of you. You can overwhelm them. The Declaration of Independence says We the people and that’s just what it is when we’re up in the air: we, the people’ and that’s just what it is when we’re up in the air: we, the people, vs. would-be terrorists. I don’t think we are going to have any such problem today or tomorrow or for a while, but some time down the road, it is going to happen again and I want you to know what to do. Now, since we’re a family for the next few hours, I’ll ask you to turn to the person next to you, introduce yourself, tell them a little about yourself and ask them to do the same. The end of this remarkable speech brought sustained clapping from the passengers. He had put the matter in perspective. If only the passengers on those ill-fated flights last Tuesday had been given the same talk, I thought, they might be alive today.” After I read this, I began to think about the pilots last word about being a family and how a crisis seems to bring out the family in us and in the event of a disaster we would do whatever it takes to save peoples lives