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There are many amazing trains in the world today, from the high-speed TGV trains of France to the bullet trains of Japan. And a magnetic levitation train designed and built in Germany is now in use in China. Most people have never had the opportunity to ride on any of these fast, modern trains, but I want to tell you about a train ride that is familiar to us all.

This train is also very modern. It has many carriages, from first-class luxury to the very basic third class. In between these extremes is the economy class many of us travel by.

The tracks the train runs on are wide and long. The journey for most of the passengers is a long one. Many hazards are to be found along the way before this train reaches the end of the journey. Dark tunnels, rivers, gorges, bridges and viaducts must be traversed. It passes through every town, city and country in the world.

This train is fitted with every conceivable invention of man. There is an emergency cord bringing the train to a halt in time of danger, but it only works if all the passengers will agree to pull it at the same time. Entertainment and news are available to the passengers.

The train has an observation carriage for passengers to view their progress. Those in the luxury carriages are much too busy to bother with observing where they are. Entertainment and making money are, to them, more important.

However, a few of those from the economy and third class do make the effort to observe their progress. Quickly fading into the distance they can see where they’ve come from. And they can also see where they are now. But the observation carriage is located at the rear of the train, so they are unable to see where they are going.

Unease about the driver and destination

The driver is a handsome fellow who inspires confidence in all but a few of the passengers. He is in charge of the train, and he knows it. As the journey progresses, a few of the passengers begin to have some uneasiness about the destination, because it is not noted on their tickets. Discussions and arguments begin to affect some of the passengers.

The conductors are unable to explain to the concerned passengers the exact nature of the destination. So they convey to the driver the uneasiness a few of the passengers feel. The driver laughs at this and eases open the throttle a little more, and the train continues to increase speed. He isn’t going to slow down or stop for this minority. Besides, the majority is happy with his stewardship of the train.

However, a few passengers listening to the news hear reports a bridge has been washed out up ahead. But, the driver tells them not to worry. He says he will stop the train if this is so. Therefore, most of the passengers continue to be happy with his control and ignore the warning. And, the train continues to gather speed.

A few passengers are not at all happy with this situation and, being unable to stop the train without majority help, jump off. They survive the ordeal a little battered and bruised but feel great relief. In the meantime the driver increases the speed. He isn’t going to allow any more to get off. Still, a few more want to get off, but they keep delaying. They are afraid to jump because of the difficulties they may have to face, even though they know of the catastrophe lying ahead.

Eventually, it happens. The driver sees the washed-out bridge, and he laughs and increases the speed even more! Needless to say, those who remain on the train all perish, except the driver.

“Stop the world, I want to get off!”

Well, I suppose you have worked out by now this train represents the society we live in today. In every age society has thought of itself as being modern. And in every age there have been people who felt uneasy about their society. The apostle Peter describes Lot’s uneasiness this way: “For that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds” (2 Peter 2:8 2 Peter 2:8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
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Do you feel uneasy about where humanity is going? Have you heard the expression, “Stop the world, I want to get off?” Do you want to get off? Do you have the courage to get off? Because it does take courage, and there will be some difficulties.

Have you heard the expression, “Stop the world, I want to get off”? Do you want to get off? Do you have the courage to get off?

Jesus tells us that if we are prepared to join Him, He will give us rest from the ever-increasing burdens this society ensnares us with. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 Matthew 11:28-30 [28] Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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But, why is it only a few passengers on the train jump to safety? Jesus tells us why. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way [society makes it difficult] which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 Matthew 7:13-14 [13] Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: [14] Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
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How true it is that only a few are prepared to make the effort to find God’s true way of life. It’s no wonder then Jesus tells us His Church is small. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 Luke 12:32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
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Those in the luxury carriages are too busy to bother about where they are going. Life is good, and they have all they need—or so they think! They find no need to get off the train.

A few passengers are not at all happy with this situation and, being unable to stop the train without majority help, jump off.

Jesus Christ, in the parable of the sower, warns us all our calling can be ignored if we are not careful. “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19 Mark 4:18-19 [18] And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, [19] And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
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The driver of the train is none other than the being who deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It easy for him to deceive us as Paul explains: “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14 2 Corinthians 11:14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
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And being an angel, it is not possible for him to die. The revelation given to the apostle John by Jesus Christ has this to say about Satan. “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:8-9 Revelation 12:8-9 [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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). Yes, it’s true. Like most of the people on the train were deceived, so this world is today. But, you don’t need to be.