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The Greatest Expedition Ever

Ever heard the story of the greatest expedition ever undertaken? No, it’s not William Edward Parry’s harrowing voyage to the North Pole in 1827. Nor is it Edmund Hillary’s costly ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. It’s not even the 1969 lunar landing of Apollo 11. One expedition eclipses all of these.

It happened two thousand years ago when the Greatest of Beings traversed the greatest of distances to fulfill the greatest of missions. God himself made the cosmic trek from heaven to earth to rescue those he loved. No playwright has ever dreamed
up a story as epic as this one.

The hero is Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Those he loves are lost and in grave danger. They’ve wandered into a spiritual wilderness so dark and so treacherous that it became impossible for them to ever find their way out. Tragically, it was a wilderness of their own making. The darkness that engulfed them was a result of their own sin and rejection of God. Still, Jesus loved them. And he knew that unless he rescued them, they would perish.

So, Jesus launched a one-man search and rescue operation. His search took him down, down, down into the depths of darkness, but he would not be deterred. For him, this was not just about rescue. It was about reunion.

Eventually, this expedition would cost the Son of God his life, making it the most expensive search and rescue operation ever undertaken. In what would become the most stunning display of sacrificial love the world has ever known, the King of Glory willingly laid down his life to save those he loved. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And that’s what he did.

But that’s not the end of the story because three days later this divine hero rose triumphantly from the grave, establishing once and for all his matchless power . . . and his undying love.

What makes this story so compelling is not just that it actually happened (it did). What makes this story so unforgettable is that it’s our story. We’re the ones the Son of God came to save. We’re the ones for whom he died. We’re the ones he wants to restore. We’re the ones he wants to be with. We’re the ones!

Jesus came to call us out of hiding . . . to forgive us . . . to restore us. It’s a call to humble repentance and faith. It’s a call to trust Jesus as our Savior and Master, that we might experience new life now and into eternity. In fact, this Great Expedition of his will not be complete until our journey is joined to his—until we spend every day with him, learning from him, delighting in him, being transformed by him.

This is the greatest expedition ever. Are you part of it?

Want to read about it for yourself? Grab a Bible and look up these passages (chapter
and verse):

John 3:16 | John 5:24 | John 10:10 | John 14:6 | Romans 3:23 | Romans 5:8 | Romans
6:23 | Romans 10:9, 13 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | 1 Timothy 2:5
| Titus 3:5 | 1 Peter 3:18

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