2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
2 Corinthians 6:2
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Arnold Delarosa, 48, of Mission, Texas, was driving a semi, loaded with truck tires, east on the I-40 bridge approximately five miles west of Amarillo.
Delarosa veered off the roadway, crashed through the guardrail, and plummeted to the ground.
The semi then crashed into cement pillars under the overpass which caused the vehicle to catch fire.
The entire truck and trailer were fully engulfed in flames.
Delarosa was pronounced dead on scene by the Potter County Justice of the Peace, and the next of kin have been notified.
This fiery crash happened just a few miles from my house. My wife and I drive our girls to school right under this overpass everyday. Now the road is closed underneath the bridge and all that remains are blackened and broken concrete pillars and melted asphalt. The scene is very grim, to say the least, when you know what happened there. I now have to detour past it eveyday and be reminded of the poor soul that crossed into eternity in such a violent manner that day.
As with all deaths I hear about, my first thought and prayer is that the person who passed was saved. It was no different that morning when I heard about Mr. Delarosa. I can picture him drivng down the interstate with no idea that in a mile down the road he would die. Can you imagine? We all drive down the road thinking of all we have to do, and future plans that we have made with no thought that all of our plans could be cancelled in the next second. That ruined bridge now stands as a visual reminder of the stark reality that we all will die someday, and we won’t know how or when.
Most churches today do not spend much, if any, time reminding their congregations of the need for repentance or the need to seek righteousness. For this reason I am compelled to tell you that today is the day of salvation. Do not approach your salvation carelessly, or take for granted the urgency of the gospel message. Once your heart ceases to beat, and the oxygen fails to reach your brain, this life is over and eternity begins. There is no second chance to cry out, and there is no hope to escape your final destination.
If you’re not sure of your salvation, or you have fallen into sin and complacency, repent right now! Cry out to Jesus today! Eternity is only one last breath away.
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
1 Peter 4: 18
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55: 6-7
Today is the day of salvation!