Do you recognize these names? Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler. Back in 2015, these three American friends traveling on a high-speed passenger train in France confronted and subdued a would-be terrorist, saving hundreds of lives from a well-armed attacker. President Obama called them courageous and brave. French President Francois Hollande gave them France’s highest Medal of Honor, thanking them for their exceptional courage and sacrifice.

Can you imagine how grateful the potential victims must have been when these Americans saved them from a man who had an assault weapon with nine magazines of ammunition, an automatic pistol and a box cutter? Thank you seems like a small price to pay for one’s life. These young men put their lives at risk for people they didn’t know, and they are true American heroes.

Did you know you are under attack too? While not on a train, a well-armed and well-trained assassin is after you. His goal, like the terrorist, is to destroy your life. His name is Satan, and he is the enemy of every soul. And he would have succeeded in his plans if it were not for the one who came to your rescue. Without hesitation, He gave His life so that you could live.

Who am I talking about? Jesus Christ. Through the cross, Jesus provided your deliverance and freedom. No longer are you trapped by sin like those caught on a train. Jesus defeated your enemy. Each day, you owe your very existence along with your future to Jesus. Instead of being a casualty of war, you have been liberated.

How does that make you feel? Grateful? Then express your thankfulness to Him. Here’s how: Express your gratitude each day in prayer. Worship Him throughout the week. Serve Him by serving others in His name. Most of all, go to church where you can worship with other thankful survivors. Let your hero know you have not forgotten His sacrifice.

Allen Tilley is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Carthage.