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Sermon 07-19-15: “Then Who Can Be Saved?”

August 6, 2015
Nicholas Winton risks everything to save the lives of children in Czechoslovakia before the war.

Nicholas Winton risks everything to save the lives of children in Czechoslovakia before the war.

When we read the story of the Rich Young Ruler, aren’t we often tempted to identify with the “hero” of this story, Jesus, and think, “What’s wrong with this young man, that he was unwilling to do what Jesus asked of him?” One purpose of this sermon, however, is to help us identify with the one with whom we have most in common: the Rich Young Ruler. Are we so different from him? Do we often live our lives as if Jesus is more valuable than anything or anyone else? 

Sermon Text: Mark 10:13-27

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The following is my original sermon manuscript. It may differ slightly from what I said.

Do you know the name Oskar Schindler? Of course you do. His story was made famous by Steven Spielberg in the movie Schindler’s List. Schindler was a German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during World War II. But do you know the name Nicholas Winton?

Probably not—and if he had his way, Sir Nicholas, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003, would be unknown by everyone outside of family and friends. But he didn’t get his way: and when he died two weeks ago at the ripe old age of 106, obituaries in newspapers around the world honored him and his legacy.

Like Schindler, Sir Nicholas saved Jews from being deported to concentration camps. Specifically, he rescued 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just before the war started. In December 1938, Winton went to Prague and spearheaded an effort to transport Jewish children to safety in Britain. As the New York Times reported, his rescue effort involved “dangers, bribes, forgery, secret contacts with the Gestapo, nine railroad trains, an avalanche of paperwork, and a lot of money”—much of it his own. Read the rest of this entry »