To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
As Mohammed heard the call to prayer, he went anticipating to hear a message from the Quran and to pray to Allah. He would sometimes meditate on the teachings of Sufi cleric, Sheikh Eid Al-Jariri, before walking to the mosque. The weather was particularly nice this day and he knew it would be a good day. Mohammed was greeted by friends and welcomed in as the worship began. The message was one of worship to Allah and peace with friends. It seemed to be a hopeful message. As prayers were closing, Mohammed walked out with his friends, Ahmed and Ali, then BOOM…!! A loud, explosive sound came from inside the mosque, a bomb and then another right after that one! Screams break into the air and then gunfire is heard. “Allah Akbar!!” is shrieked and then more gunfire. “Run, Run, Run!!” Mohammed sees blood on his hands as Ahmed falls to the ground. They run as bullets fly past him and then more explosions. The ambulance comes and Mohammed cries, “Please help me, help us here!” The gunshots blow up the ambulance and there is no escape. Mohammed looks into the sky and prays for mercy and then looks to see the bodies of 2 young boys and others all around. “Mercy, Allah!!” and then as he screams, the bullets pierce his chest and then he screeches in pain and gasps for breath. He looks to the left to see Ali with the blank look of death and blood all over his newly bought galabeya (cultural robe) drenched with blood. Then Mohammed closes his eyes and dies.
Mohammed wasn’t expecting to die at the hand of other Muslims. He simply wanted to worship his god according to his conscience. Then he and over 200 Muslims died from a deliberate act of terror this past week in Bir al-Abed Egypt. It is a small town of a little over 1900 people. This is still a shock to this town where every family was effected. This senseless outrage was done to appease the false god of a religion that breeds on fear. Mohammed was one of many that died without hope.
Our only hope is in the cross and the resurrection. The Gospel springs forth hope and salvation. We have God’s life bringing message and sometimes, we are the only ones with it. What I mean is, that the Gospel is about Jesus and it is a message for the entire world. Why is this treasure kept to us, when it is a gift that is free for all? What would have happened if these terrorists were shown the power of the Gospel? What would have happened had Mohammed heard the truth of a Loving God that gave Himself for him. Hope only heals if it arrives on time. People are in darkness. Why not be a portal and ray of hope to those who have never heard that the Lord Jesus Christ, God of Life, died, was buried and Rose Again so that you, who was dead in sins could live life and that more abundantly.