In his Legend of the Eagles George d'Espartes says that the most heroic piece of self-sacrifice known to history occurred in the building of a bridge. In the depth of winter the French army, pressed on all sides by the Cossacks, had to cross a river. The enemy had destroyed all the bridges and Napoleon was almost at his wit's end. Suddenly came the order that a bridge of some sort must be thrown across the river, and the men nearest the water were the first to carry out the almost impossible task. Several were swept away by the furious tide. Others, after a few minutes, sank through cold and exhaustion: but more came, and the work proceeded as fast as possible. At last the bridge was completed and the army reached the opposite bank in safety. Then followed the most dramatic scene, and one of the most touching, recorded in the annals of history. When the men who had built the bridge were called to leave the water, not one moved. Clinging to the pillars, they stood silent and motionless, frozen to death. Even Napoleon shed tears.—F. W. Boreham
(1 Pet. 3. 18; Heb. 10. 19, 20) 122.
Between the righteousness of God
And all that's best in man
There is a chasm deep and wide
That only God can span.
If man was ever to be saved
Across this chasm vast,
The wisdom and the power of God
Were needed for the task.
But God so loved us erring ones,
His creatures that were lost,
That Christ came down to bridge the gulf
That all who would might cross't.
The Word of God declares the truth,
There is no way but this
To get across the gulf of sin
From earth to Heaven's bliss.—Jonathan Beansifter
(Eph. 2. 13; Col. 1. 20, 21)