The Fate of Flight 232
"And then he [Jesus] told them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.'"1
"In 1976, a daily flight which originated in Quito, Ecuador, and departed for the southern Ecuadorian city of Cuenca completely disappeared. Despite ongoing investigations, Saeta Flight 232, a 727 Boeing jet with 59 passengers, was not heard from again until years later. For over 25 years family members had no peace of mind regarding the plight of their loved ones. But that changed when some Chimborazo Mountain climbers discovered the jet buried in the snow and ice of one of the highest volcanic mountains in the world. The plane was almost intact and the bodies of the passengers were well preserved by the year-round icecap on top of the great mountain.
"However, the story doesn't end there. Upon finding the wrecked plane and its preserved bodies, it was evident that others had already been there. The passengers had been stripped of their jewelry, wallets and other possessions. When, nobody really knows."2
It's difficult to believe that those who found the wrecked airplane never bothered to inform any authorities so loved ones of those who perished on that fateful flight could be told of their whereabouts.
And how tragic that we know people who are lost without Christ and without hope, and we never bother to share with them the saving message of Jesus Christ. As Mark Creech said, "Perhaps the greatest of all sins is to know the truth, to possess the knowledge that can free others, and then to conceal it for reasons that are essentially selfish."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, how can I ever thank You enough for those who told me about Your marvelous plan of salvation—which includes Your gift of forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life? Please use me to be 'as Christ' in some way to every life I touch and therein communicate Your love and salvation—and grant that others, seeing Jesus in me, will want You for themselves. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
To be sure you have God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life please read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian
1. Mark 16:15 (NLT).
2. Rev. Mark H. Creech. Cited on Agape Press, July 15, 2003. http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/7/152003mc.asp