Some run out, some run in
by Jacob Craig
Fifteen years ago the unthinkable happened. The New York skyline changed and with it the heart of America and the rest of the world. 2,606 people died on September 11th, 2001 in the World Trade Center attack. 2,263 of these people were doing everything they possibly could to get out of the burning inferno that once stood as a symbol of international trade, but 343 of these lives were doing everything they could to get into the building.
New York Fire Department lost 343 of their bravest men and women that day as they searched frantically for anyone that the could help. Leading thousands to stairwells, the streets and ultimately the loving arms of their families. Ask anyone in emergency services what the end goal is for every shift and they will say “For everyone to go home at the end of the day.” This was said at the beginning of many shifts at the morning meeting through the city on that September day, but as they were leading the businessman from floor 37 to his wife’s arms who was waiting just outside the lobby they would look up to see the columns of smoke and fire knowing that they would never get to experience the embrace of their loved ones again.
9:59 am the South tower fell ending the lives of many who worked in the skyscrapers as well as those brave men and women who had entered trying to save as many people as possible. This made the fate of the north building even more evident. Any sane person would have stopped. There is no way that if your goal was for everyone to go home at the end of the day that you would you go into a building that one just like it with equal damage has just fallen killing your brother and sister. But as you know these were no ordinary men and women. They were glad to lay down their lives to save every person they could possibly reach. 10:28 just a minute short of half an hour the last person that was going to be saved was outside and out of harm’s way because the North tower collapsed sealing the fate of everyone still inside the New York Nightmare.
The Bible claims in the 15th chapter of John, the 13th verse…Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. And the one who spoke these words should know, He was the same one that spoke the words…“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” as He was preparing to take on the sins of the world and pay the ultimate payment for our sins.
Jesus was praying just before he would die for everyone that would ever live. As we think of this we often dismiss it as part of his job. Yeah yeah, Jesus’ whole reason for coming to earth was to be the sacrifice for the world. Really think about it for a minute. He wore a crown of thorns for Saddam Hussein. He took a beating to the point that he was not recognizable as a man for Adolf Hitler. Nails were driven into his hands and feet for Osama Bin Laden. He died not only for his 11 friends but also for the 12th one that betrayed him.
Today was we reflect on what happened to our country 15 years ago and understand the sacrifice these brave men and women gave for not only friends but also complete strangers, may we never forget the inconceivable sacrifice that our Lord and Saviour made nearly 2000 years ago.
In Honor of the brave men and women that gave their lives saving others on September 11th, 2001. May we Never Forget.
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