There have been times when I have heard stories of dedicated soldiers on a mission.
Not a mission on the battlefield, however.
A mission after they have left it.
You may have heard them, too, because these stories have a way of breaking our hearts.
Filling dry eyes with tears.
Reaching down to something deep within us and pulling out compassion, love and a connection to those involved.
A brave soldier is wounded and dying or being taken prisioner.
Somehow, they are able to tell a buddy to deliver a message to a loved one in their absence.
A mother or father.
A son or daughter.
A brother, sister, grandparent.
Someone they love deeply and with abandon.
They are intrusting an important communication to a friend that they trust, be it a verbal or written one.
When I do hear these stories, it is always a complete one.
The soldier with the message does everything they can to find the one that it is intended for and deliver it safely into their hands, not knowing exactly what the reaction will be.
When delivered, the mission has been successful.
Nothing will ever be the same because of it.
When Jesus died, He rose from the grave victorious over sin and death.
Did He ask anyone to deliver a message for Him?
Jesus appeared to His disciples while they were eating.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. –Mark 16:15,16
He has asked us to tell the world about Him.
Are we doing all that we can to find the ones the message is intended for?
Those that Jesus loves deeply?
We cannot know what their reaction will be, but are we delivering the message, anyway?
Once delivered, their lives will never be the same.
Why would a soldier take so much of their own time trying to find the loved ones of a friend killed in battle?
It might seem a small cost to pay compared to their friend’s sacrifice—-especially if they had died in their place, shielding them from certain death.
Jesus died in our place, shielding us from eternal darkness apart from God, if we only believe.
We have a message to deliver.
Isn’t it time to be about our mission?