It was 2009, January 15th of 2009 to be exact. Sixty seconds after take-off the Airbus 360, US Airways Flight 1549, ran into a flock of geese.
You probably remember this event because it was the focus of every news report. The hero of the story is Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III. We all came to think of him as “Sully” With no engines working at all and with no opportunity to reach the nearest landing field for an emergency touch-down, Sully radioed the famous statement; “we’ll be in the Hudson.”
Within a minute and a half – yup, 90 seconds – Captain Sullenberger piloted his engineless jetliner into a glide path that brought it and the 150 passengers and the crew to a belly landing in the Hudson River. Nobody died in the event.
Before Sully himself left the sinking aircraft he went throughout the craft to make sure everyone else had escaped. Truly a famous rescue account!
It’s almost as wonderful as the rescue with which we are blessed. In the forty-third chapter of Isaiah you can read this wonderful promise:
It’s enough to take your breath away. By ourselves, we are on that spiritual glide-path down into the abyss. We are like that ill-fated Airbus 360; no power from ourselves to choose any other course. No way to lift our wings to flight, to life.
And then our loving God tells us...
This is the power of the Resurrection, the sure and certain hope of Easter.
Because our Savior redeemed us, because He blotted out our sins, we look forward to an eternity to sing the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Bob LeFavi
Podcast - Listen here