And you know, Gabriel knows us folks pretty well. We are no strangers to him. He has made more than one journey to the earth, and knows the kind of stuff that is in us folk down here. His brow knits a bit, and he looks a bit troubled, as if he could see difficulty in the Master's plan. And he says, "Yes, but, Master, suppose, after a while, Peter forgets. Suppose John, after a bit, loses his enthusiasm, and simply doesn't tell the others. Suppose their successors away down there in the twentieth century get so busy with things — some of them good things: church things maybe; some of them may not be quite so proper things — suppose they get so busy that they do not tell the others, what then?" And his eyes are big with their eagerness, for he is thinking of the suffering; and he is thinking, too, of the difference to the man who doesn't know about the suffering and the dying. "What then?" And back comes that quiet voice of the Lord Jesus. Nobody ever talked so quietly as He. He says,
"Gabriel, I haven't made any other plans. I am counting on them. That is a bit of this friend's imagination, it is quite true; but it is the Gospel story, page after page. The Master has made that plan; He has not made any other plan; He's counting on us. I think if I could emphasize one sentence more than another, it would be that sentence, He's counting on us, each in his own sphere, in his own place, as comes best to you. Simply that, but all of that. And as you listen with your hearts — if you fail Him, if someone fails the Lord Jesus in making the one dominant purpose of his life telling the others, if you fail — just that far, you make the Lord Jesus Christ's dying a failure practically, so far as concerns those whom you touch, or whom you can touch. Yes, I know that sounds serious. I'd rather not be saying it. But I am sure; by the Book it is true; and I know only what I find in the Book. And so the Master is counting on us.