A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter was given a school assignment to find a story in the news about a beached whale and write a report about it. She found one involving dozens of whales washing ashore in Alaska. Now, her story was on the whales, but what caught my attention was a little phrase they used to describe the beachings: “unusual mortality event.”
An “unusual mortality event,” (UME) is defined as, “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands immediate response.” UME is a term that allows the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to go into immediate action to investigate problems with oceanic mammals.
“Unusual” mammal deaths seem to catch our attention and tug at our heartstrings. And that is understandable. We have a deep desire to know “why” and to fix the problem.
But an even greater tragedy occurs en masse today, and few people seem to care about fixing the problem these days…spiritual mortality events!
Millions of “beached souls” are lost every day unnecessarily. Ephesians 2:1-3 points out that sin caused us to lose something precious. We become the walking dead, sons of disobedience who live for the fleshly lusts of this world only. If we continue in our ways, we will spend eternity separated from God.
But, thankfully, an even greater death took place. The most unusual mortality event ever…a death that didn’t last!
It may just have seemed like just another crucifixion in a long stream of Roman brutality, but it was altogether different. The Son of God hung on the cross and died for our sins. And He conquered death for you and me. And that’s an unusual mortality event!
But His death requires immediate action! Are you a Christian? Don’t idly watch as soul after soul washes ashore on the beach of sin! Bring the message of life to those who are perishing.
And if you are living in sin today, please know that He died so you don’t have to die. Want more info? Get in touch…