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As familiar legend purports to recount Jesus' return to glory after his Incarnation. Even in heaven at the Father's right hand, he bore the marks of his pilgrimage on earth--the cruel cross, the shameful death.
An angel supposedly approached Jesus, "You must have suffered terribly for mankind down there." Jesus answered affirmatively. The angel continued, "Do they know how much you loved them and what you did for them?"
Jesus replied, "I've asked Peter, James, John, and a few more friends to tell others about me. Those who are told will tell others, and they will tell others, and my story will spread to the farthest reaches of the earth. All mankind will hear about my life and what I did for them."
The angel frowned skeptically. He knew well the poor stuff of which humans are made. "What if Peter and the others grow weary? What if the people who come after them forget? What if way down in history 2000 years later people just don't tell others about you? What then?"
Jesus answered, "I have no other plan. I'm counting on them."
It is now 2002. The Lord has delayed his return nearly two millennia. He still has no other plan. He is counting on you and me. Most of us can point to some person in our life who knows no other Christian but us. Others of us are the most influential Christian in the life of a friend or neighbor. We are God's plan for reaching the world with the gospel. Our community will not hear the gospel except through us. Our world will not hear the gospel unless we act.
God and our neighbors and our world are expectantly waiting for us to answer this question: Do we care? Do we love like Jesus? Do we care? Do I care? Do you care? Time will tell.
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