While being home a theme continues to come to my attention… rescue.
I had the chance to go and visit friends and supporters of mine in Pennsylvania. While I was there I was able to attend the church where one of my friends now leads worship. Hah, actually I got to attend two churches that Sunday morning…because that is how I roll, from one church to the next, church hopping. The first church talked about how we are living is dark times, where everything on the news seems to be horrific, though we have a chance to be lights in this dark world. The next church talked about rescue, going out to meet people where they are at. Ending the service singing the song, “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle. The two church services seemed to go so well together: living in a dark world, being the light in that dark world, and going to meet people where they are.
My friends in Pennsylvania also took me to see a production at a Christian Broadway like company called Sight and Sound. The musical we got to see was, “Jesus”. Yup, we went to see Jesus. And…it was about the life of Jesus, if you could imagine that! But, because every work of Jesus can’t even be contained entirely in the Bible, how could we expect that someone could fit his whole life in a two and a half hour musical? So, there were only a few stories and each of those stories seemed to point to one specific theme…rescue. When Jesus and his disciples were on their boat headed to Capernaum his disciples asked him what they were doing in such a place, and Jesus responded, “We are going back for the one.”
After I left Pennsylvania I got thinking about how other songs seem to be pointing to the same theme of rescue and never being forgotten. I also got thinking about how a few years ago the theme use to be kind of stormy…every song seemed to have something about water or some kind of storm. If you know me, you know that I am not, at all, in tune with what is new and hip and current, but I do notice when every song in church seems to be singing about the same thing. And so it seems that we, in terms of Christian music and entertainment, have left a stormy season and entered into a season of rescue.
Whether or not you are a fan of Christian music and entertainment or not, you do have to realize that Christian artist seeking God are the same as any Christian that seeks God; God speaks to them, and what he speaks to them is evident in what they write, make, do, and say. So the Holy Spirit is reflected in their work, and now seems to be making us sensitive the lost and hurting souls. I would also venture to say that the Lord even plants seeds of this rescue theme in the secular world as well. I don’t know, because I haven’t looked closely at what movies are in theaters or what songs are on the radio. But I do believe the Holy Spirit is trying to wake us up and prepare us for something he has planned.
The chorus in the song that I mentioned earlier by Lauren Daigle that says this,
“I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It’s true, I will rescue you.”
This theme of rescue should both encourage and challenge us as believers. It should encourage us knowing that the souls we have been praying for over, and over, for years are not forgotten. They are the one sheep that has left the 99 that God is going back to rescue. Far is never too far; there is ALWAYS hope! But we should also be challenged knowing that we are part of the army that God is sending out. Sometimes we will have to go out in the middle of the darkest night and amidst the hardest fight.
And what a time of the year to be reminded of this. We may think we are in no way qualified to be in an army, but just think of how God sent the rescuer of the world…Humbly, lying in a manger, as a sweet, innocent baby. Not at all what God’s people were thinking of to powerfully save them, but still the answer to every prayer and prophecy. Later that baby would grow up and die on a cross taking our sin and shame with him, then defeating it three days later along with death and the grave. Through that sweet, innocent baby we find our source of forgiveness, freedom, and victory in all things. The greatest example of rescue.
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.