01 May 2012

"They Were Here and Now They're Gone"

The Huffington Post has released never before seen amateur footage of the 1986 Challenger disaster. The video below was recorded by Steven Virostek, and the most prominent voice being heard is that of his wife, Hope. At 3:46 in, Hope is heard saying, "They were here, and now they're gone."

They were here and now they're gone. How those words echo and ring with a cold finality!

How many among us have known someone who left this life without a proper understanding of the Gospel? How many of us have been guilty of failing to share the Truth with someone, only to find that they had passed into eternity, whether expectedly or not, leaving our procrastination weighing heavy on our own soul? They were here and now they're gone. It can happen that quickly, that unexpectedly. And, while we may be left to deal with our own conscience, they have already entered into an eternal life of darkness.

The writer of Hebrews pleads with us,
As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:7–8, 15)
Paul exclaims to us that "now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). This urgency, then, ought to be vital and visible in the life of every believer! You have been saved, God has been gracious to your undeserving, sinful soul. Who, then, has He placed before you who does not yet know of His mercy and grace? Whether it is the cashier at the grocery store, or a member of your family, do they know of their sin? Do they understand their helplessness, their hopelessness without a Savior? Have you told them? They are here now, but one day they will be gone. Today is the day to share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.


  1. I was watching this live at the time, while I was on break. When it blew, I remember having this horrible feeling about what I just saw, and I called up to the tower to tell everyone to turn on the news (they usually just had music on) because the space shuttle just blew up. Half the tower staff immediately dropped down to the breakroom to watch. I felt very sad about these lives lost.

  2. I was teaching in an elementary school. It was hard on all of us that day. You're right, Ebenz, the suddenness was the most shocking thing. We were all so proud of the seeming solidity of the space vehicle, and never even thinking that it could shatter, nor that the lives inside it would be lost. It took a good while to come to terms with the visible shock of the transience of human life. It was only 20 years later after I was saved that the loss of the souls to darkness and hell came to my mind.

  3. Yes, we are all failing and daily. Fail to love God as we should, fail to live holy, fail to proclaim the Truth as we should. I know I do fail in all of that and more but thank God for God who is over all of this. Over our sin, failure and wickedness and working all things for the good of those who love Him in their imperfect love and who have been called by Him according to the pleasure of His holy will and His purpose.


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