Summary: The human race was left to die on the battlefield of life but God sent our big brother to get us. He would come and get you wherever you are.
Maranatha Tabernacle Church of God
381 Manton Avenue Providence RI 02909
Sunday April 6th 2008 11:00am
I knew you would come
There were two childhood buddies who went through school and college and even joined the army together. War broke out and they were fighting in the same unit. One night they were ambushed.
Bullets were flying all over and out of the darkness came a voice, "Harry, please come and help me."
Harry immediately recognized the voice of his childhood buddy, Bill. He asked the captain if he could go.
The captain said, "No, I can’t let you go, I am already short-handed and I cannot afford to lose one more person. Besides, the way Bill sounds he is not going to make it." Harry kept quiet.
Again the voice came, "Harry, please come and help me." Harry sat quietly because the captain had refused earlier.
Again and again the voice came.
Harry couldn’t contain himself any longer and told the captain, "Captain, this is my childhood buddy. I have to go and help."
The captain reluctantly let him go. Harry crawled through the darkness and dragged Bill back into the trench. They found that Bill was dead.
Now the captain got angry and shouted at Harry, "Didn’t I tell you he was not going to make it? He is dead, you could have been killed and I could have lost a hand. That was a mistake."
Harry replied, "Captain, I did the right thing. When I reached Bill he was still alive and his last words were ’Harry, I knew you would come."’ I believe that the reason Harry went back was because he loved Bill.
The Bible says “God made man in His image and after His likeness”. The human being is a spirit who lives in a body and has a soul. It was God’s plan for humanity to live in full fellowship with Him. When God made humankind we were perfect. We had perfect bodies, perfect souls and perfect spirits. The man Adam and the woman Eve were more intellectually brilliant than all the intellectuals and scholars that ever lived combined. They were physically healthy and never got sick and were not subject to death.
Their spirits were openly alert to God and they fellowshipped freely and happily with their Creator. Then like Harry in the story man got hit. Satan and sin ruined humanity’s relationship with God and the human race was plunged into a state of eternal death or separation from God and into unity with the devil.
The human condition became so deplorable, despicable, disgraceful and dreadful that like an infection from a wound every form of sin and vice, evil and unrighteousness, immorality and iniquity became humanity’s lifestyle. Mankind groaned in agony slipping perilously closer and closer to the second death that state or condition of eternal separation from God and everlasting torment in the fires of hell.
God the Father and Maker of humankind saw the situation and knew that there was only way to rescue helpless humanity who lay dying on battlefield of life.
Isaiah says it like this in Chp1 verses 5 and 6.
5 The whole head is sick And the whole heart is faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head