The Captain By Scarlett Stough

Handsome, charming, confident, a perfect host, the ship’s captain was popular. Not only did he put his ship and passengers in danger, but when courage, skill and leadership wisdom was needed, he bailed; the cruise ship floundered and passengers died. He refused to do his duty and made excuses for abandoning his ship and his passengers.

A few years earlier, another captain of an airplane full of passengers faced an equally dangerous situation not of his making. But this captain, with calm courage, the wisdom of experience, and a devotion to duty, brought his craft and passengers safe to port with no loss of life, remaining with the craft until he was sure everyone else had safely disembarked.

Christians have a Captain:

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:9-10 KJV.)

The captain of the cruise ship failed to take the lead in providing for the safety of the passengers. Many of the crew members are said to have done what they could, but were hindered by the lack of leadership. Jesus does not leave us without leadership. Human leaders often can not or will not carry out their duties, but we have immediate access to our Captain through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us and carries our petitions to our Heavenly Father and the Head of the church.

Our Captain showed his full devotion in his human life, suffering, death, and resurrection. He is still piloting us to the safety of his kingdom. Jesus is our Captain in whom we can place our full confidence.

 
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