According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, annually fires take any lives and destroy billions of dollars worth of property and a fire fighter helps to protect people and property. The firefighters, go into burning buildings to rescue the ones caught within the fire, many a times, at risk to their very own life. On the heels of the infamous and vile September 11, 2001 attack on the twin towers, author Martin Coleman, wrote a book entitled “What If Jesus Were a New York City Firefighter?” We often don’t consider Jesus to be a firefighter. Is he?
The Bible gives the account of three Hebrew men (Hannaiah, Mishael and Azariah) who are commonly known by their Babylonian names as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, being thrown into a furnace that was heated seven times over; a fire so exceedingly hot that it burned up the mighty men that bound these three faithful followers of God, even as they approached the furnace. But then, in the midst of the fire, the King who had ordered the decree to burn these Hebrew men, was astonished to see whom he refers to as the Son of God, and he beckoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to come out of the fire. Jesus is The Firefighter, who protects his people and all who belong to God (God’s property/his people).
Points to ponder:
In the midst of the fires of life, we can count on Jesus Christ, the Firefighter to be with us. To all who believe in his name and have received him, the fire of hell has no power over them, for Jesus is The Firefighter, who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Daniel 3:25 (KJV)
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.