Monday, May 12, 2008

A HERO HAS PASSED!


Irena Sendler has died at the age of 98. Who is she you ask? She is one of the greatest heroes of our day. She is the means God used to keep generations of people alive, at great risk to herself. Irene was responsible for putting together a team of twenty that rescued some twenty five hundred children from the Warsaw ghetto from 1940-1943. Here is a description of her heroic work from the wires;

"Records show Sendler's team of some 20 people saved almost 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto between October 1940 and April 1943, when the Nazis burned the ghetto, shooting the residents or sending them to death camps. Under the pretext of inspecting the ghetto's sanitary conditions during a typhoid outbreak, Sendler and her assistants entered in search of children who could be smuggled out and be given a chance to survive by living as Catholics.

Babies and small children were smuggled out in ambulances and in trams, sometimes wrapped up as packages. Teenagers escaped by joining teams of workers forced to labor outside the ghetto. They were placed in families, orphanages, hospitals or convents. In hopes of one day uniting the children with their families — most of whom perished in the Nazis' death camps — Sendler wrote the children's real names on slips of paper that she kept at home. When German police came to arrest her in 1943, an assistant managed to hide the slips — which Sendler later buried in a jar under an apple tree in an associates yard. Some 2,500 names were recorded."


And here is a comment from one of those who were rescued;

"It took a true miracle to save a Jewish child," Elzbieta Ficowska, who was saved by Sendler's team as a baby in 1942, recalled in an interview with The Associated Press in 2007. "Mrs. Sendler saved not only us, but also our children and grandchildren and the generations to come"

As impressive and heroic as her actions were, there is another who has rescued millions. Jesus Christ died a brutal death on a cross at Calvary to rescue people who were also sentenced to death. Only these people were sentenced to death and then life in a forever Hell, a pain and torture beyond death. And here is the sobering reality, if you have never received Christ as your Savior, that is you. You are still under that sentence of judgment, and only Christ Jesus can rescue you. So as we honor the memory of Irene Sandler, a hero, let also remember the One who rescues people not just for this life, but the one to come!

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pastor tom
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