There are airports, and then there are airports. We’ve been in some of the best…and some of the worst.The best include places like Singapore’s Changi Airport with their dazzling interior designs, and South Korea’s Incheon Airport, alive with vibrant orchids
and filled with live music performances. Somewhere near the opposite end is Kona International Airport on Hawaii’s Big Island, where finding a bite to eat is iffy and the waiting room for the entire airport is open air,
with passengers for the flights on American and United (and possibly everybody else) filing through the same security, sharing the same waiting area, and walking outside on the tarmac to board.However, it’s not really about the spit and polish, it’s about getting you where you need to go, and our flight from Hawaii’s Kona International Airport got us safely through the storms back to L.A.just as well as our flight home from Tokyo’s immaculate Haneda International.In the flights of life, do you have your tickets? Have you boarded your plane? Do you know where you’re going? Are your confident that you’ll get safely home?
Speaking of the Messiah in the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah told us: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:3-6)But, here’s where the analogy breaks down. There is no other religious leader in the world who promises to take all who believe in him to heaven and then rose from the dead to prove that he can. Do you know of one? I do not! So, even though the “airplane” of Christ may not seem as impressive as that of other religions or religious leaders, Jesus is the only one who can navigate us safely through this life and into heaven. He is the only one who promises us eternal life. As Jesus, God’s Messiah, explained in the New Testament: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)