by Steve Jones

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An amazing thing happened Tuesday (1/2/07): Wesley Autrey saved a stranger. Wesley was preparing to board the subway with his two daughters when an 18-year-old stranger who was having a seizure fell onto the tracks in front of them.

A train was barreling towards the man so, without hesitation, Wesley jumped onto the tracks and threw himself on top of the young man.

Autrey said the man was still moving violently from the seizure, so he pulled him into the center of the tracks and lay on top of him. The train literally passed over the two men, and Autrey said there was "maybe" about two inches between their bodies and the speeding subway.

Here's a quote from one of the witnesses to this heroic event . . .

"We're looking and we can see the train coming -- there's no way the train can stop before this gentleman can get him off the tracks," said Patricia Brown, a social worker who Autrey had handed his daughters over to before he dove onto the tracks. "So he covered him with his body and pushed him down to a point where the train wouldn't hit his head and held him under the tracks while the train came and rolled right over the top of them."

Both men escaped with only minor injuries. After Autrey boosted himself up from the tracks at the 137th Street station, he modestly said, "You're supposed to come to people's rescue."

That's what heroes do, they come to the rescue. There are a lot of people in this world who are trapped in harms way and are in need of rescuing, but the danger of which I'm speaking is not of a physical nature, but spiritual and is even more deadly than being hit by a speeding subway train. People who die without Christ--people who are trapped by the power of sin--will not escape the final judgment with only minor injuries.

There is a coming day of judgment. Those who are covered by Christ will spend eternity with Christ in Heaven and those who lie unprotected before God's w ...

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