by Stephen Whitney

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Faith Looks Forward (4 of 10)
Series: Hebrews 11
Stephen Whitney
Hebrews 11:13-16

Apollo 13 was only the third manned mission to the moon. The other two had been greatly successful with no problems, but 56 hours into this mission everything changed in an instant. On Monday, April 13, 1970 an oxygen tank exploded which set into motion a catastrophic chain of events. The astronauts were in deep trouble as the supplies of water, oxygen and their power were quickly reaching critical levels.

The mission suddenly changed from landing on the moon to trying to bring the three astronauts home alive. They scrambled to change the course of Apollo 13 which required a five-minute rocket burn that would change their trajectory back to earth.

Twenty-six hours later came an even more perilous moment; they needed to make another rocket burn, this time for 14 seconds. With their navigational devices not working Astronaut James Lovell needed to center the earth in his window, with the cross hairs of his optical sight pointed at the terminator line - the twilight line where day gives way to night and push the button. The burn was successful and they splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

To get safely home they needed to keep their destination in the cross hairs of their vision. Believers need to keep our spiritual eyes on our eternal destination which is heaven with Christ.

Gary Inrig wrote, ''The heroes of faith knew where they were going, and it wasn't a physical location on earth. A vision of the eternal city filled their navigational sights, and they steered their lives toward it. The writer of Hebrews urges us to join Abrahan and others as pilgrims headed for the city of God and not to be merely tourists enjoying the sights on earth.''

C.S. Lewis wrote, ''Aim at heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in'; aim at earth and you will get neither.''

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