On February 23, 1836 the dictator of Mexico, Antonio López de Santa Ana, arrived with an army of 5,000 men. When Bowie fell ill, Travis, with 186 men, assumed total command of the Texan forces. Desperately he wrote for aid: "I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character to come to our aid…. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier." His last note was to the friend caring for his son: "Take care of my little boy…. If this country should be lost, and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud recollection that he is the son of a man who died for his country." If this is all that he had left, what a proud heritage, what an honor.
In the end this is what draws many to the Christ. As Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself" (John12:32), and again, "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). If one has nothing left but the One who died for his sins, he is most blessed. If he has everything but this, he is poor indeed. Come and learn about the gift that changes everything!
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