He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11
“Certain it is, that as nothing can better do it; so there is nothing greater for which God made our tongues, next to reciting His praises, than to minister comfort to a weary soul.”
Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) English cleric as recounted in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 574.
Black Saturday. Long before merchandisers affixed that label to the Friday after Thanksgiving, leaders in church history named it as such because on Easter weekend, Jesus is still in the tomb. Imagine how sad and weary the first Christ-followers must have been the day after the crucifixion of Christ. Know anyone who is sad or weary today?
With our tongues we praise Jesus, because through His death, we have life. But face it, this is a hard perspective for many to grasp who may be experiencing hard times. Most of the time we can’t deliver the sad and weary from their difficulties, but we can help bear their burdens and show them how to find consolation in our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thank you Jesus, because through your death, we have life. Thanks also that you welcome the weary to come to you to find rest for their souls.
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