Unbeknown to the S. S. Human Race, she was sailing her last voyage. In the misty darkness shortly after seven bells, the mighty ship struck a partially sunken shipping container, that had previously strayed off a cargo ship that had carried it.
The mighty vessel had been struck mid-ship and there was a gashing, gushing hole on her bottom. The incoming sea water could not be stopped, nor could the tear in the ships metal belly be covered. Sea water was pouring in faster than all the bilge pumps could handle. She was riding deeper in the water and was slowly sinking.
Those in the low-rate berths were the first to experience the danger. Their cabins filled up with water quickly. Some drowned without even waking from their slumber. Many that did escape found that the passage ways were blocked with floating debris, and they could not escape. They, too, drowned.
On the more luxurious levels, a different situation occurred. They heard the warning alarms. They heard the screams and of the disasters in the lower-class levels, but they were unalarmed, as they assumed they would be rescued.
“Why we are important people in our society. Some of us are leaders in our country and are essential to our nations’ well-being. Others are wealthy and mean so much to the companies they run and the foundations they support. All of us are well educated and have degrees and honors far more than most. We are the elite and have done nothing but good to all about us. We are nothing like those poor, ignorant folks below deck. When it is heard the danger we are in, all effort will be made to keep us from the tragedy those other poor brutes below deck have faced.”
Help never came in time. The vessel expelled its last breath of air and succumbed to the water’s pull. She went down with no survivors. The liner went down with all aboard: the poor, the rich, the ignorant, the intellectuals. They all perished on the sinking ship.
Human kind is also on a similar “ship”. It has always gone down morally, spiritually, and socially, ever since the first sin in the Garden of Eden. It is destined to sink. Finances, knowledge, good works, kindness, man-made religion, or goodness can never plug its leaking hull. Although it is still above water, it is riding lower in the sea of sin and shame every day. One day, it will be too late for anyone to be rescued from the doomed vessel.
However, right now there is an opportunity for any to be rescued from her sinking demise if they do what God requires. God hates all of the sins we are all guilty of, but He does not wish any to perish.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9¶
Many years ago, God the Father, sent His only Son, Jesus, to be a sacrifice for all of man’s sins, if each individual would accept what Jesus had done for them. All that is needed to escape the sinking, Hell-bound “ship”, is to acknowledge and confess to the Father the truth that we, personally, are sinners and are headed for a hot, lonely, eternal torment. After our true sinful situation is recognized then the only life-raft available can be boarded by trusting that Jesus’ death was the only payment God will accept for our sins.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Rom. 3:23
No good works, kindness, good living, our own religion, or anything we can do can rescue us from our doom. Only calling upon Jesus to save will get us off the sinking “vessel”.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9
A “savior” is one that saves a person from harm, but no person can save anyone from eternal harm. Only a “Saviour,” who is God, can do that. The only real Saviour is Jesus Christ, and only He can save anyone from eternal damnation. Trust Christ alone as your Saviour to save you from the Hell so many on the S.S. Human Race may one day experience.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13