Day 11: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 11

When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. ~ John 14:3

As a child, George Tulloch was fascinated by stories of the Titanic. Some might call it an obsession. As a boy he imagined himself sailing the ocean in search of the doomed vessel, maybe even salvaging pieces of it. Then after years of hard work and good fortune in business, George finally had the resources to chase after his dream. So in 1996 he put together a team of the best scientists and sailors and set out to the exact spot where the Titanic sank in 1912. He and his crew were able to recover numerous artifacts from the ship – eyeglasses, jewelry, dishware, some coins, and the like. But the most exciting thing they found was a large piece of the hull resting several hundred yards away. Tulloch immediately saw the opportunity to actually rescue part of the ship itself.

The team did its best to raise the twenty-ton piece of iron, but to no avail. At one point the team almost had it, lifting it just below the surface, but a storm blew in and broke the ropes. The Atlantic reclaimed its treasure. Then Tulloch did something surprising before they were forced to retreat. He descended in the deep once more in a small submarine, and using the robotic arm, he attached a small handmade placard onto the section. It said, “I will come back. George Tulloch.”

It was a symbolic act, not a practical one. It wasn’t like anyone was going to steal the piece of iron two miles below the surface of the Atlantic. It was just a useless piece of iron. But somehow George felt the need. Two years later he made good that promise.

For a lot of the same reasons, Jesus left us with a similar message. I am going to prepare a place for you…when everything is ready, I will come and get you” (John 14:2-3). Some may wonder why he cared in the first place. Why would he even want to reclaim us? What good are we to him? In many ways we’re just as worthless and cumbersome and unyielding as that lazy piece of iron in the Atlantic.

But Jesus doesn’t see us that way. He’s dreamed of this moment since the beginning of creation, and now that the time is near he can’t help but leave his mark on our hearts. “I’m leaving now. But don’t worry, I’ll be back.” We may not understand why he wants to come back to redeem us, but we can be certain that he will. Jesus always makes good on his promises.

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John McSharry

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