Good morning. It is Wednesday, September 22, 2021
On Saturday, September 11 I posted on my personal Facebook page, the story of Flight 93.
That plane was one of four planes hijacked on September 11, 2001. Many people died on that fateful day. But that flight, did not reach its intended destination.
I posted the conversation Todd Beamer had with Lisa Jefferson, a telephone supervisor for GTE.
Todd explained how he and three other men had decided to act. He said “We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa…will you do one last thing for me?”
Todd then asked Lisa to pray with him. Together they recited the Lord’s Prayer followed by Psalm 23. That prompted others to join in. The last words Lisa heard from Todd were “God help me…Jesus help me….Are you guys ready?……..Let’s Roll.”
All 44 people on board were killed that day, including the hijackers.
Wikipedia lists information on boarding, warnings, recordings, passenger and crew phone calls to loved ones, fighter jet response and more, including possible targets.
Although the intended target of Flight 93 was never confirmed, we do know that before the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Osama bin Laden, and Mohammed Atef developed a list of potential targets. Bin Laden wanted to destroy the White House and the Pentagon. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wanted to strike the World Trade Center and all three wanted to hit the Capitol.
Only God knows what would have happened that day if it were not for the brave men on board Flight 93. I am sure they had hope of surviving but they were willing to take the risk to save others.
John 15:13 tells us “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” ESV
That is exactly what those men did that day. They laid down their lives and not just for friends.
I cannot help but put a comparison between what those men did on that plane and what Jesus did for us on a cross just outside of Jerusalem, on a hill called Golgotha. Golgotha means “the place of the skull” and Jesus was not the first to die a tortured death there. But He was the only God to die for those He loved. He did not have to. It was a choice.
It is hard to visualize such a scene, but what is even more difficult perhaps is to imagine Jehovah putting this plan into action before the beginning of earth’s history. Every little detail was thought of, and a plan was provided, all for our salvation.
I love the song “He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels”. It is so powerful:
‘He could have called ten thousand angels To destroy the world and set Him free. He could have called ten thousand angels, But He died alone, for you and me.’
Jesus said in Matthew 26:53 “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” ESV
Indeed. He could have put an end to His pain and torture. He could have left earth to its own devices. We would eventually implode. We would have caused our own extinction, sooner or later. But no, They had a plan for us, and not only was it NOT death, but it was for eternal life with Jesus.
“who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,” 2 Timothy 1:9 ESV
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:7 ESV
“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24 ESV
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV
“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” Ephesians 1:4, 5 ESV
God chose us before the foundation of the world. He died for us while we were still sinners. He is calling us, He desires us, He wants a relationship with us! He calls us “friend.” (John 15:15)
Answer that call today. Tell Jesus you love Him too! Accept that gift of eternal life. Accept His wonderful, tender grace. It is there for all of us!!
“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.” Ephesians 4:7 ESV