Going through the news on One News Now, I saw the story of a young couple in their 20’s, youth pastors of a church in Washington State. They were instantly killed today, when a slab of concrete fell on their truck from a construction project on a bridge above them. Their little eight month old baby also died.
This was a sad story about Josh and Vanessa Ellis, and baby Hudson. When you read their story, and see their pictures, you understand that they have reached the goal that they were pressing on towards. They were actively living their Christian life.
The Day and Hour Unknown (Matthew 24)
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Jesus was talking about the end times.He reminded us to be ready for Him whenever He would come.
This couple was preparing for that day. They knew their Savior, and shared the gospel with others as youth leaders at EastPoint Foursquare Church in Washington State.
Their Pastor, James Ludlow, said, “It’s a tragic event, in the blink of an eye, inhale and exhale, and they’re in the presence of God.”
Just a reminder of how this life does not last forever. We could be gone in an instant, as this couple was. Be ready, be prepared, be saved, with your lamp full of oil, ready for the return of the bridegroom!
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Dear God, help us to be ready for Your kingdom. Prepare us, help us not to be deceived. I pray that we would not be distracted with the cares of this life. Keep us from temptation and sin and evil. Help us to press on toward the goal ahead. I am sorry for this young family, but also happy that they are in Your presence. I pray for comfort for their family and friends. I thank You for their lives, that they were able to spread the gospel, that they lived, loved, and laughed, and made a difference for good, in their short lives. In the name of Jesus, Amen.