It was the Christmas Eve of 1999. Everyone on board Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to New Delhi were expecting an uneventful flight. They would soon discover that they were wrong! They had to be ransomed!
Half an hour into the flight, gunmen stormed the cockpit and ordered the captain to fly west. The ensuing hours saw the flight fly into Amritsar, Lahore and Dubai airports before finally reaching Kandahar, in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. After six days of prolonged negotiations with the Indian government, the hostages were released by the terrorists. It was a harrowing experience for the passengers, something that would stay with them for a long time.
Haven’t we felt at times, that our lives has been hijacked against our wishes? Surprisingly, the hijacker seems to be working from within.
A brilliant writer named Paul of Tarsus, was spot on when he said, “The good that I want to do, I do not do, but the things that I do not want to do, I find myself doing”.
We find ourselves hijacked by a power that is beyond us. The Bible calls this hijacker as “The Enemy” of our souls.
So, a natural question arises – can I be ever be set free from this influence? And who will negotiate my release? Thankfully it has already been done!
Jesus, who is God and came in human form, said, “I have come to give my life as a ransom for many”. His life was the price paid for purchasing our freedom.
So there is indeed hope for our hijacked lives! We can be set free from this bondage of the Enemy. All we need to do is to ask Jesus for help. He is willing, are you?