Paul Revere and the Spread of His Message

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year

On the night of April 18–19, 1775, just hours before the battles of Lexington and Concord, Paul Revere performed his “Midnight Ride” exclaiming, “The British are coming.”  However, there is a very significant detail history has overlooked.

Historians tell us that Revere warned patriots along his route – many of whom set out on horseback to deliver warnings of their own. By the end of the night there were probably as many as 40 riders throughout Middlesex County carrying the news of the army’s advancement.  Think of how much extra territory received warning due to the spread of this message through other men.

Our Lord Jesus Christ came into this world to bleed and die for our sins.  His life was a message. The exploits of his death, burial and resurrection, called the gospel, are the greatest story ever told.  Jesus Christ said to His disciples, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen (Matt 28:18-20).

If Paul Revere’s midnight ride was met with such great success and historical significance, should not the gospel of Jesus Christ be met with the efforts of all of God’s people?

Herald it loud and clear, “Jesus is coming!  Jesus is coming!”

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