On a dare from his co-pilot, the pilot of a Soviet airliner
attempted a blind landing of his jetliner.
Two minutes before landing the pilot ordered the flight engineer to
pull the blinds over the cockpit windows, and then he tried to land the plane
using only his instruments. The pilot broke every rule for blind
landings which may be allowed only on training flights and then only
instructor who has full visibility in the next seat.
During the descent the pilot made several misjudgments. At 0.8
seconds before landing the blinds were released which revealed they
were missing the runway. The pilot tried to abort the landing but it
was too late. The plane crashed, made a gigantic leap, overturned
and caught fire.
The pilot urged on by the co-pilot caused the meaningless loss of
lives. What a picture this is of many souls today who urged on by
the prince of darkness, Satan, who has lower blinds over the eyes of their
hearts lest the light of the gospel of Christ should shine unto them
and they should be converted and saved. The devil would have men
attempt blind landings at heaven. Therefore he likes to keep men
occupied with the things that must shortly pass away so that they
never have time to think of eternity. He knows that unless a soul
repents and turns to Christ that they will spend eternity with him
The pilot was one of a handful to survive the crash. He was tried in a court
of law and found guilty and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. A Soviet
newspapers report of the trial said that the pilot performed the action in an
attempt to test his flying abilities. It blamed the crash on his exaggerated
sense of self-assurance.
Friend, will you not let these often quoted verses from Gods word, For all
have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and Except you repent, you
shall all likewise perish, abolish your self-assurance to attain heaven on your own
skill? Without Jesus Christ, who is the only
Savior of sinners, you havent the slightest chance.
At Calvary, a hill outside Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus died for sinners. The blood
he shed is sufficient to wash away the sins of every member of the human race if
they would only trust in him.
Because of their exaggerated sense of self assurance, many will never see
their need of receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and they will end up making a
blind landing in eternity only to crash and burn in a real hell.
Millions in our world today are atheists who say there is no God.
Denying the existence of God they will end up making blind landings into
eternity when they pass out of this world. What a frightful surprise awaits
Dont be one who denies the existence of God and guarantees themselves a lost
eternity. But rather come as a lost sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ for
salvation. Everyone who bows the heart to him and confesses him as Savior has
the privilege of knowing the Blessed Assurance of sins forgiven and having a
home waiting for them in heaven.
There are really two classes of people populating this globe. Those who have an
exaggerated sense of selfassurance and feel they have no need of the Savior.
And those who have believed on Jesus Christ for salvation and have the Blessed
Assurance of sins forgiven. To which class do you belong? To which class do you
want to belong? You may be absolutely certain Jesus Christ will save you if you
turn to him. Only be sure to turn to him before it is forever too late.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten
Son that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.