• Nigel Fungai

The Captain and the Crew

50 years ago, a much awaited journey took place. People had spent years preparing for this trip and finally the day had come. This was the 11th of April. All the necessary procedures prior to the 11th were taken and all was well.

Apollo 13 took-off from Kennedy space centre on the 11th of April 1970 headed for the moon with 4 men. The journey was going well and back on earth in the control centre, there were no issues, until an oxygen tank in the service module on the space craft failed two days into the mission.

“A routine stir of an oxygen tank ignited damaged wire insulation inside it, causing an explosion that vented the contents of both of the service module’s oxygen tanks to space. Without oxygen, needed for breathing and for generating electric power, the service modules’s propulsion and life support systems could not operate. The command module systems had to be shut down to conserve its remaining resources, forcing the crew to transfer to the a lifeboat. With the lunar landing canceled, mission controllers worked to bring the crew home alive.”

On the 17th of April, the crew landed safely back on earth after a multifunction that disrupted their journey 2 days into the mission.

The much anticipated journey to the moon failed due to a simple error prior to takeoff. Thank God their lives were spared.

Paul talks of a similar journey but to a place further than the moon. The takeoff date and flight capacity weren’t mentioned, I don't know how long the journey will last either. What I know is that one crew member has already been confirmed. The criteria for the rest of the passengers has also been made public. The invitation to get onboard is open to all and the qualification is believing in Jesus.

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18So encourage each other with these words.”

The captain of that space ship, Jesus, gave us instructions to follow. He said his second coming can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. “When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. 36Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!” - Mark 13:32-37

The good thing is, this space ship is not going to malfunction like Apollo 13 so we don’t have to worry about it returning to earth without reaching it’s destination. There is a possibility that you could miss the flight though, so don't relax! While you are waiting for this heaven-bound ship, remember to get yourself acquainted with the instruction manual from the captain himself, thats the bible.

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