Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Robert Strand

An Alaska Airlines pilot, involved in the investigation of the horrific crash of Flight 261, has listened to the cockpit voice recorder from the downed plane. He reported that for the last nine minutes of the flight, the wife of the pastor from Monroe, Washington, can be heard sharing the Gospel with the passengers over the plane's intercom system. Just before the final dive into the Pacific Ocean, she can be heard leading the "sinner's" prayer for salvation.

airplanecabinThe pilot and investigators reported that the flight data recorder from the plane indicated that there is no good explanation for how the plane was able to stay in the air for those final nine minutes. But it did stay in the air until the pastor's wife had a chance to share the Gospel with very attentive passengers and presumably lead them to a last minute salvation in Jesus Christ!

So...in the middle of this tragedy, nearly ninety people had an extraordinary opportunity to get right with their Maker just prior to meeting Him!

How about you? Where would you go if you were to die today? Knowing your sins are forgiven and you are ready for heaven is as simple as following these steps:

FIRST...ADMIT YOU HAVE SINNED. The Bible says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

SECOND...BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believed in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

THIRD...CONFESS AND LEAVE YOUR SIN. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).

 "The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15)