Three friends from the United States were riding a French train on Friday when something terrifying happened. A man carrying an AK-47 opened fire on the passengers. Hearing the gunfire and breaking glass, the two military men and their college senior friend knew what was going on. Moments later, the gunman appeared in their car, but his gun appeared to be jammed. Alek Skarlatos, a National Guardsman from Oregon who had just returned from Afghanistan, noticed the gun was jammed and yelled, "Get him!" The men, with the help of a British passenger, managed to tackle him to the ground and disarm him of the machine gun as well as a handgun and box cutter he fought them with. Recalling the situation, the British passenger, Chris Norman, stated, "Either you sit down and you die or you get up and you die. It was really nothing more than that."
These men have been called heroes, and rightly so! They risked their lives in order to save the lives of the passengers on that train. On Monday they received Legion of Honor medals, France's highest recognition. But they didn't really have a choice. As Chris Norman said, they were going to die anyway, so why not die fighting? Our lives have also been saved, not from a gunman with an AK-47, but from a Devil who will stop at nothing to destroy us (Matthew 10:28). Unlike the train heroes, our hero, Jesus, had a choice. He could have easily stayed in the safety of heaven and let us all die. But instead, He chose to come down here, give His life for ours, and save us. Why did He do it? He told us in John 15, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (Verse 13). Jesus chose to be a hero because He loves us. He loves you. Won't you love Him in return?
Learning to love my Hero,