Andrew Stawicki is always extremely and generously nice to me when we meet because I saved his life when he was shipwrecked in 1998.  Really.  Ok, technically it was Bob Bullen, a man who used to go to my church, Larry Davis, my dad, the US Coast Guard, and myself who helped rescue him.

The day of the rescue, we were fishing in Bob's boat when Dad spotted Andrew on an island where he had been all night after being shipwrecked in a sudden storm the previous day.  I hopped off the boat and rushed to Andrew while Bob and Dad raced to a local marina to call for help.  The Coast Guard helicopter arrived and lowered a guy named Darrell (thankfully it wasn't his other brother Darrell) and together we put Andrew on a backboard, into a rescue basket and then he and Darrell flew off to the Hospital ? leaving me on the island to be rescued by boat. 

Helping to rescue Andrew cost me nothing personally except a slightly gouged fingernail when I slipped after jumping off the boat to the island.  In spite of the very little that the rescue cost me, Andrew is always abundantly happy to see me and take time to talk.

April 9th is Good Friday this year ? the day in the church calendar when we make an extra effort to reverently remember the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ for us.  Jesus endured and embraced a languishing and lingering agony until our rescue was secured and our souls were safe.  Good Friday is an opportunity for you to be extremely and generously kind to Jesus in return.  If your church isn't having a Good Friday service, another church near you is.  Attend it!  In fact many of you have been given the day off of work so you can do this.

Of course, I am not saying that Good Friday is the only day that we should take time to remember Christ's atoning sacrifice for us.  But, if we won't make the effort to do so on that day, what does that really say about the place that Jesus occupies in our heart?

After all, if Andrew can rejoice in one who broke a fingernail in helping others to save him, surely followers of Jesus can make the effort to remember the One who took nails through His hands ? and much more - for them. >

Rev James Snyder videoPastor Tim has retired from pastoring local churches and is now working alongside his wife to help refugees and persecuted Christians.

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