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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Why Save a Criminal?

Why Save a Criminal?

"Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although
perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die."

Why would a police officer risk his life to save a criminal?

Bridgeton (NJ) police received a burglary call from an ambulance station
very early last Sunday morning. Officer Sean Peak, age 49, responded to the
call around 1:30 a.m. When he arrived, he saw a person running through some
nearby woods who then jumped or fell into the Cohansey River.

Fearing that the person might drown, Peak, in full gear, jumped into the
river to save the burglary suspect.

The suspect, a 29-year-old woman later identified and arrested for the
burglary charge, eventually made it across the river. Peak, weighed down by
his gear, was pulled from the water by other officers. He was taken to the
hospital where he was treated and released. Later that morning, however, he
was found unresponsive in his home by family members. An autopsy was
ordered to determine the cause of death. It would appear that his death was
related to his attempt to save the burglary suspect from potential drowning.

Again, why would a police officer risk his life to save a criminal?

Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. answered: "Sean made a decision
as would any officer and entered [the] water in [an] attempt to pull the
person from the running waters no matter what the circumstances." Peak was
simply doing his duty. Yes, he was seeking to apprehend a burglary suspect,
but he was also trying to prevent the same suspect from potentially
drowning. *

"Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although
perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die." This is a quote from
the Scriptures. It is Romans 5:7 in the New Century Version.

The Apostle Paul, by inspiration, wrote these words in the context of
discussing what Jesus did for sinners. Read verses 7-8 together:

"Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although
perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die. But God shows His
great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still

But why would Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, give His life for ALL

Here are two reasons:

1. God loves us. He created us, but we turned against Him in rebellion.
But He loves us anyway. God was not bound by duty to save us; it was His
love that moved Him to do it.

2. God wants to save us. He "desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).

The truth is that ALL of us are sinners and "drowning" in our sins. But
Jesus came to our rescue, not because we deserved it, but because He loves
us. And only Jesus could save us, because only the sinless Son of God could
pay the price for our sins. He paid the price with His life by dying on the
cross for our sins.

The Apostle Peter wrote to Christians: "You were not redeemed with
perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited
from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and
spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB).

God will save from sin and give eternal life to those who place their faith
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts
17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized
(immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). He will
continue to cleanse from sin those who continue to walk in the light of His
Word (1 John 1:7-9).

Why would a holy God save sinful man? Because He loves us. Won't YOU
accept His loving offer by accepting it through your trusting obedience?

-- David A. Sargent

* Information gleaned from "NJ officer dies hours after jumping into river
to save burglary suspect" by Robert Gearty,

David A. Sargent, Minister

Church of Christ at Creekwood

1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695

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