British Major John Howard learned that his glider-borne paratroopers landing in Normandy, 6 June 1944, would seize and hold the Orne River Bridge and its surrounding land “until relieved”—which didn’t come for hours. Stephen Ambrose, D-Day, 197
They fared better than American troops in the Philippines early in WWII. One of the four men from Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTB3) expressed the finality of the orders soldiers received. An officer on Bataan would pass by a machine-gun emplacement and order the soldiers to stay and hold the position. When asked for how long, he would say, “Never mind.” That meant the soldiers were “expendable”. They would stay until overwhelmed, taken captive or killed. “Hold until relieved” meant to “Hold regardless.” W.L. White, They Were Expendable, 3
Jesus Christ and his apostles established the spiritual line on which he put all disciples in all ages. On that line they were to stand. That line they were to defend. They were not to compromise that line by letting Satan gain it, stand there or, above all, cross it into strictly Biblical territory, gaining access to Christianity’s truth, which he would suborn and subvert.
That’s the order under which Christians still live and work. Whatever Jesus said, his people believe. Whatever he accepted, they embrace. Whatever he rejected, they oppose. And they have a time limit: Hold until HE comes. That means every generation of disciples remains faithful to the Christ-directed, apostolic-written guidelines for truth. Whether society likes it or not. Whether many or few believe it. Hold…hold…hold…Jesus Christ’s command to his people. Are we listening? Are we obeying? Whatever it costs us? Because obeying him is ever so much more important than the price we pay to comply.