“The day may come when after a long fight with disease, we shall feel that medicine can do no more, and that nothing remains but to die. Friends will be standing by, unable to help us. Hearing, eyesight, even the power of praying, will be fast failing us. The world and its shadows will be melting beneath our feet. Eternity, with its realities, will be looming large before our minds.
What shall support us in that trying hour? What shall enable us to feel, ‘I fear no evil’? (Psalm 23:4.) Nothing, nothing can do it but close communion with Christ. Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith,—Christ putting His right arm under our heads,—Christ felt to be sitting by our side,—Christ can alone give us the complete victory in the last struggle. Continue reading
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished” — John 19:30
When Christ said these words – “It is finished” – we are given a rest-filled glimpse of the glorious triumph of the cross. It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. If that is true, then this darkest of all possible clouds, the death of Christ – has the most beautiful silver lining ever imagined. Consider that the Cross of Christ has two great sides to it. First, the cross shows us the profound depths of Christ’s humiliation and suffering. Of course, this is the horrendous cloud. But in the cross we also see the glorious culmination of Christ’s gospel mission. “It is finished.” This is the silver lining.
“In the resurrection, Christ has turned all of our sunsets into dawns.” – St. Clement of Alexandria
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in words alone, but in every leaf of springtime.” – Martin Luther
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” – The Gospel of St. Matthew 28:1-5
In keeping with my former post on why I love C.S. Lewis, here are a few of my favorite Lewis-isms.
12. “‘You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you’, said the Lion.”
11. “In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about any one else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history…That is the kingliness of Friendship.We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts.”