Water For The Wounded (NKJV)
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A Cry for Mercy
On December 13, 1862, a series of attacks on the confederate army positioned at Fredericksburg cost the union army at the Potomac more than 12,000 casualties. The victorious Confederates were forced to remain under cover behind the stone wall and listen to the cries of their fallen foes.
All night long and the next day wounded and dying men agonizingly cried out “WATER! WATER!” This proved to be much more than one man, Richard Kirkland, could take. A sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina regiment, Kirkland pleaded with his brigade commander, General Joseph B. Kershaw, for permission to leave the safety of the Sunken Road and carry water to the suffering Federals. At first Kershaw denied his request. He eventually relented but would not allow Kirkland to display a white handkerchief as a sign of truce.
Anxiously, Kirkland jumped over the wall on his “errand of mercy” and into the face of almost certain death! Thousands of amazed men on both sides saw the young sergeant carrying canteens to the nearest sufferer. The Federals, realizing his mission, held their fire for one and a half hours. This ministering angel pursued his “labor of mercy” comforting as many as he could. “The Hero Sergeant of Fredericksburg” fell at Chickamunga on September 20, 1863 at the age of twenty years.
The Beggar Cried for Crumbs
The Rich Man Cried for Comfort
“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’” (Luke 16:22-24).
One of Conceit — The Other his Condition
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’” (Luke 18:10-13).
One Criticized and said, “If You are the Christ…”
The Other Confessed, “Lord, remember me…”
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation….For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Romans 10:9,10,13).
We read of many heroic deeds that men have done in this great country, but Christ Jesus came into the world on His errand of mercy. He gave His life freely as the supreme sacrifice, to redeem fallen man. Christ Jesus poured out His soul at Calvary so this world, that has been wounded by sin, could drink of this well of salvation.
“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
Friend, do you have a hunger and a thirst in your soul? Many have tried to satisfy this thirst with things of this world. Only Christ can satisfy this thirsting of your soul.
“Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).