Firsthand Faith 05

The movie Sully ( a great movie by the way) retells the story of “The Miracle on the Hudson,” of Captain Sully, played by Tom Hanks, safely landing United Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. The moving story ends with an unforgettable documentary as the grateful surviving passengers and crew members come together and walk past the camera, reciting their seat numbers. It added to the drama and realism; reminding the viewer this was a re-enactment, not a fictional account.

It was obvious the harrowing flight and landing bonded the surviving crew and passengers to the “rescuer” who reminded them “I am still your Captain.” They had something of what John reminds us WE have as believers: fellowship with one another through the saving work of Christ.

Our fellowship is an exclusive club, with an open invitation to any who would want to join. There is only one requirement: you had to have been rescued through the saving work of Jesus Christ!

This fellowship is not a country club, reserved for the best of the best. It is not simply a group built around a common affinity. It is a blood-bought band of brothers and sisters who know each other and who have walked together through the experience of redemption. This salvation is what sets them apart… what makes them new… and the grounds of their belonging are simply this: Jesus loved us and died for us. He is the “propitiation” (the “mercy seat;” the satisfaction and payment) for our sins. (1 John 2:2)

And again, it is a fellowship that is inviting any who will confess their need for forgiveness and come. Come and be cleansed. Come and be made new. Come and be born again.

Then, come and join the family.


FOR MEDITATION: He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

FOR REFLECTION: We really do need each other. If you have experienced the joy of being cleansed and made new by Jesus, it is too good to keep to yourself. We need each other; to build each other up, to pray for each other when we’re down. You were redeemed to be part of a family that is going to Heaven together. Don’t neglect the gathering of worshipers each week, and the common life we need to share. Your seat is waiting for you at the table!