Are You On ‘The Last Ship’?

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The recently-premiered television drama, The Last Ship, based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley, tells the story of the fictional U.S. Navy ship, the Nathan James. While the Nathan James is at sea, a global pandemic kills or sickens over 50% of the world’s population. The crew of the Nathan James, which has been unaffected by this virus, is tasked with finding a cure in order to save the human race. As the ship continues its voyage, it encounters entire swaths of land that have been laid waste because of the decaying and dying human population. The ship’s crew, unable to land on familiar shores for fear of becoming infected with the deadly virus themselves also search for a place that has not been tainted by the virus where they can start life over again.

As I thought about this story, I was reminded of an old spiritual that was sung by slaves and former slaves in America and was sung during camp meetings led by traveling preachers. The story embedded in this song titled, “The Old Ship of Zion,” tells of how this ship carries people safely across the unknown and troubled waters of this world and lands them at Zion — the promised land, or Paradise. Allow me to share with you some of the words of this song:

‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
Get on board, get on board.

1. It has landed many a thousand,
It has landed many a thousand,
It has landed many a thousand,
Get on board, get on board.

2. Ain’t no danger in the water,
Ain’t no danger in the water,
Ain’t no danger in the water,
Get on board, get on board.

3. It will take us all to heaven,
It will take us all to heaven,
It will take us all to heaven,
Get on board, get on board.

‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
‘Tis the old ship of Zion,
Get on board, get on board.

The message of the song is that the old ship of Zion has safely carried people to the shores of Heaven thousands, yea, millions of times, and it will carry thousands more to that eternal home. And the question for the day is very simple: Are you on board the old ship of Zion?

Just as the Nathan James, in The Last Ship television drama, is the only place safe from the deadly virus that is taking over the globe, the old ship of Zion is the only place you can be safe from the eternally deadly effects of the virus of sin that has infected every human being who has ever lived. Even you are infected with it. The Bible says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Our sinfulness leads to death. The Bible says, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” And our sinfulness leads to eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. The Bible says that those who “know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

If you want to be saved from sin and the punishment of sin, then you need to get on the old ship of Zion. Allow me to show you how right now.

First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Our sins are the bad or wrong things that we do. In honest repentance, agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Because of our sins, we are automatically sentenced to die and go to an awful place called hell. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death.” Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” This is what happens to those who die without giving their life to Jesus Christ while they have a chance.

Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that his sinless Son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins –taking the punishment that we deserve. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, we do not have to go to Hell. We can be saved from that terrible place, and we can be safely delivered to an eternal home in Heaven.

Third, accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to receive salvation by trusting him by faith to be your Savior. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you trust Jesus Christ for salvation, you will be saved from sin, spiritual death, and hell, and you will be guaranteed a place in Heaven. If this is your heart’s desire, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision:

Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have sinned against you. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please forgive me of all of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for me. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart, save my soul, change my life, and fill me with your Holy Spirit today and forever. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!