J. C. Ryle on the glories of Christ’s return

Christian, do you “long pain and sorrow bear”? Are you walking in the midst of darkness and have no light? Then I encourage you to meditate on the second coming of Jesus Christ. In preparing for my sermon this Sunday on the parable of the ten virgins, I’ve come across this gem from J. C. Ryle:

True Christians shall alone be found ready at the second advent. Washed in the blood of atonement, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, renewed by the Spirit, they shall meet their Lord with boldness, and sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb, to go out not more. Surely this is a blessed prospect.

They shall be with their Lord – with Him who loved them and gave Himself for them – with Him who bore with them, and carried them through their earthly pilgrimage – with Him, whom they loved truly and followed faithfully on earth, though with much weakness, and many a tear. Surely this also is a blessed prospect.

The door shall be shut at last – shut on all pain and sorrow – shut on an illnatured and wicked world – shut on a tempting devil – shut on all doubts and fears – shut, to be opened again no more. Surely, we may say again, this is a blessed prospect.

Let us remember these things. They will bear meditation. They are all true. The believer may have much tribulation, but he has before him abounding consolations. Heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. The day of Christ’s return shall surely make amends for all.

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