Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
From time immemorial people have wished they could fly like the birds. Ancient legend has it that Daedalus, a Greek craftsman, and his son Icarus escaped from prison by attaching wings to themselves. In the Bible, the psalmist speaks of flying "on the wings of the dawn" and settling "on the far side of the sea" (Psalm 139:9), convinced of God's presence there, too. The prophet Isaiah says of those who hope in the Lord: "They will soar on wings like eagles" (Isaiah 40:31).
The time came when the dream began to come true. In 1908, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilber Wright ushered in the age of flight by flying their motored craft 45 miles in an hour and a quarter.
The airplane is a combination of wonderful inventions. It is being used in the service of the Gospel. In northern regions God's messengers use small planes to serve people spiritually in out-way-the-way places.
It is good and right to use the media of transportation and communication to bring God's saving Word to people wherever they are. In their day, the apostles used ships to preach Christ in faraway places. Saint Paul was a world traveler by land and sea. From his many sea travels he learned much about ships and the forces that affect them: wind and water. During his last voyage to Rome to appeal his case to Caesar, he gave advice to the captain and crew before, during, and after a disastrous storm. He made use of whatever vehicles were then available to proclaim Christ and Him crucified.
Like the apostles, and like Christians through the centuries, we use the means that God puts at our disposal to bear witness to the same message that Saint Peter proclaimed: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). That is the name of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Savior.
PRAYER: O Lord God, grant that the Christian church may continue to make full use of the available media for the preaching of the Gospel. Amen.
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