By Benescke Janse van Rensburg
[Background: February is the month of love. Yesterday was filled with gifts throughout the country as a demonstration of our love towards each other. Yet, may we never forget the greatest demonstration of love throughout all the ages when God sent us His Son.]
“Mayday, mayday ...” That was the distress call of the British pilot during World War II. He and his team were on a mission to drop bombs on Germany. The army on the ground hit the aircraft and it was rapidly losing altitude. The pilot’s distress call became increasingly desperate.
In the aircraft, the soldiers groaned in pain. The air force chaplain, who hid in the fuselage of the bomber, was the only member of the crew not wounded in the attack. The pilot used all his power to try and fly the plane over the nearing hill. Over his shoulder, he shouted to the chaplain to throw out as much of the baggage as possible in a desperate effort to make the plane lighter. The chaplain obeyed the command, but the airplane was still to heavy and the hill was now dangerously close. Were they going to die?
The pilot closed his eyes and shouting he pulled hard on the yoke of the plane. Just before the plane hit the hill, it suddenly shot up and missed the trees and mountain tops. With the English Channel in sight, the pilot called out in relief: “Chaplain, we made it!” There was silence in the plane. After a few minutes, the pilot looked over his shoulder to find the chaplain. To his shock, he realized that the chaplain was no longer on board. Realizing that the aircraft was too heavy to get over the hill, the chaplain jumped from the plane to save the rest of the crew’s lives.
Do you realize that Jesus 2,000, years ago on a cross on Calvary, did the same for us? He realized that we would never be able to stand without sin before God. He therefore willingly sacrificed His life to save us from an eternity without God.

Look at the words in John 3:16, we read: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And still today, Jesus is sitting next to God, interceding on our behalf: “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
When last have you thanked God for his willingness to give His Son to us? And when last did you live a life that demonstrates your love towards our Father? God bless. 
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to bring us in the right standing with You. Help me to live a life which reflects my gratitude. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
** BOOK LAUNCH OF WYSHEID, OORDENKINGS UIT SPREUKE by Benescke Janse van Rensburg: Saturday, 25 February 2012, Bellville. For more information, contact Karin at 021 949 7419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
** Benescke Janse van Rensburg is a motivational speaker, freelance journalist and author of the books, Ontdek God in die stories van mense and also Wysheid, oordenkings uit Spreuke.