For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. – Matthew 18:11
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2
I wear a pink band on my wrist. It reminds me of a friend and sister in Christ who recently lost her battle with breast cancer. Tara was only 35 years old and left behind her parents, many friends and loved ones, her devoted husband, and two children ages 6 and 2. She was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in August of 2007. Immediately God began working through her to inspire faith in others. Regardless of her situation or symptoms, God worked through Tara and her disease to reach out and minister to others. Tara began responding favorably to aggressive treatments (cancer was detected throughout her body), and seemed to use every opportunity available to her to live as a witness for Jesus Christ. Then, just 6 months after treatments began, doctors ceased all treatments. Despite many prayers and great hopes for healing, God’s response was that hers was to be an eternal healing in heaven, not a physical healing here on earth. Her days were numbered. As the Bible says, only God knew the number of her days.
Surely Tara felt an urgency to do all the things she wanted and needed to do for her children and husband, to say the things she needed to say, to prepare them for life without her, to encourage and inspire everyone who knew her in their faith. She had so little time…
Jesus, too, had very little time and so much to do. His ministry lasted only 3 years. In His final days especially, He surely felt an urgency to accomplish that which He came to do. On the day we recognize as Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem, strong in will to carry out His Father’s plan. His countdown was on. His clock was ticking. He had but a few days left to teach, heal, and counsel His followers; and just days to prepare His disciples for the times to come.
It’s Wednesday as I write this, the day before Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday – which is the day when Jesus would have His last supper with the disciples. He would begin the evening of Maundy Thursday by washing the disciples feet to teach them to be servants to the world, not slaves to the world. Jesus surely felt great urgency to finish teaching his disciples what they needed to know. He knew His time was almost up.
What about us? As stated above, only God knows the number of our days. Do you feel urgency to do what you need to do? To teach your kids about God, Jesus and the Bible; to prepare your spouse for life without you. If you don’t feel an urgency, maybe you should. Like Tara, our final day is coming but we don’t know when it will be. Let’s learn a lesson from Jesus and make every moment count.