December 01, 2010

Meditation by J.C. Ryle

Let this be an encouragement to you as we enter the holiday season and think about Jesus who was born to die for our sins. Because of Him, we have life!

"There is a resurrection after death. Let this never be forgotten. ... Let us strive to live like men who believe in a resurrection and a life to come, and desire to be always ready for another world. ... So living, we shall take patiently all that we have to bear in this world. Trial, losses, disappointments, ingratitude, will affect us little. We shall not look for our reward here. We shall feel that all will be rectified one day, and that the Judge of all the earth will do right. (Genesis 18:25).

But how can we bear the thought of a resurrection? What shall enable us to look forward to a world to come without alarm? Nothing can do it, but faith in Christ. Believing on Him, we have nothing to fear. Our sins will not appear against us. The demands of God's law will be found completely satisfied. We shall stand firm in the great day, and none shall lay anything to our charge. (Romans 8:33) Worldly men...may well tremble when they think of a resurrection. But believers, like Paul, may rejoice."


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