Daily Devotional 8-10-14

August 10

“The men of Nineveh shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.” {Luke 11:32}

How our Lord Jesus Christ testifies to the truth of resurrection and a life to come. He speaks of the Queen of the South, whose name and dwelling-place are now alike unknown to us. He says she ‘shall rise up in the judgement’. He speaks of the men of Nineveh, a people who have passed away from the face of the earth. He says of them also, they ‘shall rise up’.

There is something very solemn and instructive in the language which our Lord here uses. It reminds us that this world is not all, and that the life which a man lives in the body on earth is not the only life of which we ought to think. The Kings and Queens of olden time are al to live again one day, and to stand before the bar of God. The vast multitudes who once swarmed round palaces of Nineveh are all to come forth from their graves, and to give an account of their works. To our eyes they seem to have passed away for ever. We read with wonder of their empty halls, and talk of them as a people who have completely perished. Their dwelling places are a desolation: their very bones are dust. But to the eye of God they all still live. The Queen of the South and the men of Nineveh will rise again. We shall yet see them face to face.

Let the truth of the resurrection be often before our minds. Let the life to come be frequently before our thoughts. All is not over when the grave receive its tenant, and man goes to his long home. Other people may dwell in our houses, and spend our money. Our very names may soon be forgotten. But still all is not over! Yet a little time and we all shall live again. ‘The earth shall cast out the dead’ {Isaiah 26:19}. Many, like Felix, may well tremble when they think of such things. But men who live by faith in the Son of God, like St. Paul, should lift up their heads and rejoice.

Bishop JC Ryle
“Day by Day with J.C. Ryle”
Christian Focus Publications
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