Jesus wasn’t just a kind, wise teacher who lived out a great example for us and left us some wonderful life lessons. His life was a rescue mission.
There are hundreds of great rescue stories (have you ever seen The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen and James Garner? Go rent it...now!), but one of my favorites is one you probably haven’t heard. In 1868, Queen Victoria authorized a rescue mission for 53 people, including some missionaries and a British consul, who had been held captive for four years by Emperor Theodore III of Ethiopia in a remote 9,000-foot-high bastion. The invasion force included 32,000 men, heavy artillery, and 44 elephants to carry the guns. Provisions included 50,000 tons of beef and pork and 30,000 gallons of rum. Engineers built landing piers, water treatment plants, a railroad, and telegraph line to the interior, plus many bridges. In terms of the money and logistics involved, military historians say this was an undertaking on the scale of the Normandy Invasion.
Surely old Theodore III thought he was safe and sound way down there in Ethiopia. He never figured Victoria would send a full-scale invasion just to rescue 53 people. Yet that’s just what she did. On paper, it certainly didn’t make sense for Jesus to invade this world, either. But that’s just what He did. This Sunday, we'll continue our study of the parables of Jesus with a look at Luke 11:21-22, a mysterious little parable that tells us quite a bit about why Jesus came...and how much we mean to Him.