I heard a story about a boy who was dying on a battlefield. The chaplain was there, cradling this boy’s head tenderly in his hands. The boy looked up and said, “Chaplain, am I going to live?” The chaplain looked down at that grievous wound and saw the life’s blood ebbing out, and he knew that in just a matter of minutes the boy would be dead. He said to the boy, “Son, are you a Christian?” The boy gave a weak smile and said, “Sir, the happiest day in my life was when I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. Yes, I’m a Christian.” The chaplain said, “Then, son, you’ll live!” And indeed he will!
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Life is short, death is sure, sin is the cause, and Christ is the cure.