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Abysmally sad, or exceedingly happy? - All The Good Seed Daily Devotionals for 2023

Abysmally sad, or exceedingly happy? details logo The Good Seed - Friday, February 5, 2021
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
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Abysmally sad, or exceedingly happy?

Woe is me, for I am undone (or: cut off, dumb)!

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Isaiah 6: 5; Psalm 32: 1.

Abysmally sad, or exceedingly happy?
A memorial slab over the grave in an English cathedral bears the inscription “Miserrimus”, which means “most miserable”. That is all that is reported of the dead man, although he had the honour of being buried in one of the most famous churches in Christianity.

In the catacombs in Rome, those extensive subterranean passages, where the early oppressed and persecuted Christians used to bury their dead, there is a stone in a wall engraved with the pleasing inscription “Felicissima”, meaning “an extremely happy woman”. What a contrast between those two people! The two inscriptions certainly betray the state of the dead after death!

In the midst of ceremonious, religious splendour the one expresses a final sigh. His soul clearly drifted away like a ship without a helmsman on ominous waters: without Christ and without hope.

The other left a testimony that re-echoes throughout the centuries as a joyful cry despite the persecution. She believed in the Lord Jesus and knew that she would be with Christ in the afterlife. She had learnt that the sufferings of the present time fade away in comparison with the glory that awaited her. She left this earth with the wonderful assurance of her resurrection, trusting the Lord Jesus’ promise. And she certainly knew that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead was the confirmation that she, too, would be raised up (cf. John 14: 19; Romans 8: 18; 1 Peter 1: 3).

Today‘s reading: Numbers 20: 14 – 29 · Matthew 13: 1 – 9





 

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