“No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” – Genesis 17:5-6.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20.
Help – Arriving Too Late
The Genessee County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a car being driven erratically. Within three minutes a trooper received the alert and rushed to intercept the offender. The deputy stopped at an intersection and gasped in astonishment. Twenty seconds before, the speeding car had crossed that intersection and down the street he saw the results: the wreckage of a driver education car nearly demolished from the head-on collision. Three students and their driving instructor were dead inside. The guilty party and his friend had been drinking while driving.
Only three minutes elapsed between the time the call came into the Sheriff’s office and deputies began seeking the car. By only twenty seconds the car beat the deputy to the intersection. For the families of the deceased, it might as well have been aeons. Help coming too late is like a pardon after the execution.
Knowing that Jesus met us at our point of greatest need, will we, while time allows, meet the lost at theirs? God sent good news of great joy in Bethlehem. Never voiced before that night, it has never since been stilled. It is the message Christians must continue to tell—while there is time.