He Took My Place

On March 28, 2012, I heard Steve Scheibner’s story about September 11, 2001.

When you hear his story, you won’t soon forget it.

Steve Scheibner flew airplanes for American Airlines. On September 10, 2001, he bid to fly in the cockpit for a flight from Logan International in Boston to Los Angeles,California. Because of the seniority system, another pilot outbid Steve and Steve stayed home on September 11. The pilot who took his place died as American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. It was one of the most awful days in American history.

Steve’s story is chronicled in his wife’s book In My Seat. Mary Ann Scheibner tells the compelling story of how another pilot died in Steve’s place.

When I heard Steve’s testimony last month, he told how another man died in his place, but he emphasized something else. Steve said two men died in his place. One man gave him physical life for a few more years. The other man gave him spiritual life for all eternity.

Steve is a believer (so was the pilot who died) who understands the power of the death of Christ on our behalf. Christ died for us. He died so that we would not have to die spiritually. He who knew no sin, became sin for us.

What Christ did for us can’t be replaced. His death is a once and for all sacrifice which can never be replicated.

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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One Comment


  1. Ed Matthew
    Apr 19, 2012

    Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow.
    Because He Lives, all fear is gone.
    I Know, He holds the future.
    Life is worth the Living
    Just because He Lives.

    Even so Lord come quickly!

    There are several people who are wheel chair bound who are dear to me.
    One of which is a Veteran of WW2 now in a nursing home, I seldom see.
    His grass grows still and as long as it is His will, trimmed it will be.

    The stories of Jefferson Parish Museum are life stories lived by people who trusted in Jesus. Stories of people who God used to enable following generations to have opportunity. Stories that will be soon forgotten without the intervention of God’s People. Stories that would have been recorded and available to the Glory of God but for the greed of a few, two. His Majesty allowed the temple to be plundered because of the greed of a few who made themselves gods for a day. Churches have died when His way was denied.

    If you would like to see Jefferson Parish Museum it is open by appointment. It is not handicap accessible yet due to those few who diverted dedicated funds. There never has been a charge. Many artifacts have deteriorated beyond repair. Yet, the moth and rust has not changed the stories what is left represents, yet soon that too will end.

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