The search for missing MH370 has already been labelled the most costly recovery mission in aviation history. Over a dozen countries have deployed resources of planes, ships, sonar equipment, and some of their most skilled personnel to scour the Indian Ocean to seek where a faint ping of hope may lead. Around the clock , two twelve-hour shifts have been deployed to discover those black boxes that may yield clues to the cause of this tragedy.
There is no let up in the persistence in giving the families of the 239 loved ones a sense of closure as to what really happened.
Imagine if the scope of the tragedy was multiplied many fold. Just suppose that the lost was not 239, but in the billions of souls. What effort and expense would you be willing to exert to reclaim and bring back these souls? Would you count the cost, and make a logical decision and move on? Well love with a heavenly dimension did not know such calculus.
The inspired heart of Isaac Watts, filled with gratitude expressed a praise for heaven’s most precious gift.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died.
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
As we enter what has been traditionally been called holy week, can we pause and hear the pings of hope that lead to the crescendo of the stone rolled away?
Can we hear the drip of sweat of blood in Gethsemane?
Can we hear the agony of pleading with the Father about the enormity of the cup of sacrifice he must bear?
Can you hear his calm demeanor during the six trials he endured?
Can you hear his grunt under the heavy load of the cross?
Can you hear his grimace as the nails tore into his flesh?
Can you hear the thud of the cross as it is ramped into the earth?
Can you hear him faintly muttering “I thirst”?
Can you hear his final words, ‘It is finished”?
This holy week, Let us spend some reflective time hearing the pings of our salvation again.
Heaven emptied its best for this rescue mission and we can now confidently approach the throne of grace because Jesus’ rescue mission was successful. How can we expressed our gratitude and share the hope of the cross with those who are without such good news?