May 20

 

And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.  Matthew 14:12

 

The death of John the Baptist, whose business it had been to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, was a sorrowful time with John’s disciples.  His death was very grievous to them.  The first thing that they did, after paying regards to the remains of their dear master, was to go to Christ to spread their case before Him, seeking comfort and help from Him.

The following reasons may be given why, in case of such an awful dispensation of Providence, those who are concerned in it and bereaved by it should go and spread their sorrows before Jesus.

Christ is one who is ready to pity the afflicted.  It is natural for persons who are bereaved to seek someone to whom they may declare their griefs.  Christ is such a one above all others.  He was one who wept with those who wept; and indeed it was mere pity that brought Him into the world and induced Him not only to shed tears but to shed His blood.

Christ has the same compassion now that He has ascended into glory.  There is still the same encouragement for bereaved ones to go and spread their sorrows before Him.  Afflicted persons love to speak of their sorrows to those who have had experience of affliction and know what sorrow is; but there is none on earth or in heaven who ever had so much experience of sorrows as Christ.  He has purchased all that persons need under such a bereavement.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

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