What's goin' on peeps? Christmas is right around the corner. Yo this year is flying by FAST! N e who, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Remember to represent Christ, and spit da good newz to peeps through action, words, or acts of appreciation. TRU! Aight, on to, da Word!
31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soliders, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved." 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.
- Acts 27:31,32
See, Paul was on his way to Rome to come face to face with da Ceasar (if you've been following our story, Paul has been the ball in a game of ping-pong seein' different officials for his alleged crime. You should read these chapters, very good stuff!). So, homeboy is on this ship with a huge crew, soldiers, and other prisoners. They are sailing along, peepin' da weather, and low and behold... they become "lost" at sea and get rocked by MASSIVE hurricane force winds, crashing waves, da whole nine.
One of these nights, Paul gets a message from an angel o' Pops saying, "Yo, no one shall be lost potna, everyone will be saved, but the boat... nada." YEAH! So Paul spits this info to the peeps on the boat. I don't know if they thought he was crazy or not, but.... alas, da sailors are gettin' scared. They try to pull a fast one on everyone else and sneak out via lifeboat. Paul notices this and says to the Centurion and the soldiers, "Yo dawgs, unless these kats continue to rough it with us like homeboys, ya cannot be saved. Peeps will die brutha."
Now this is the interesting part, da soldiers go and cut the ropes to the lifeboat! Why in the heck would they do this? Why are they listening to Paul? I can think of two possible reasons they did. One, maybe they got a deep feeling that Paul was right. Two, they thought Paul was crazy and were thinking instead, "If we are gonna die, we are ALL gonna die. Screw that, ain't NO ONE pullin' a fast one on us!" There are probably other reasons they might have heeded Paul. But REGARDLESS... for whatever reason, selfish or not, these soldiers stopped the sailors from bouncing. The result, EVERYONE was saved. EVERYONE.
Who in the heck on that boat deserved to be saved? Proabably no one. Stuff happens. Get caught in a storm and bam, life can end. Paul of course wasn't worried, cuz he was in tiziiiight with Pops. But by His Grace, GOD stepped in and saved them all. Not through any action of any single individual, but by HIS choice. And most likely Paul, his agent to the Gentiles, being aboard might have had an influence. Imagine the witness this would bring!
K, pullin' to a close cuz this is a long one. Bottom line, Pops is ILL! And even though we don't deserve anything, God, by His Grace, will step in and give us something. And guess what? He gave us a way to have our sins forgiven, and He gave us a way to have Life... both rich here and now and eternal in the after!