by J.C Ryle
“But He said to them: It is I; don’t be afraid!” John 6:20
Are you a distressed believer? Is your heart . . . pressed down with sickness, tried with disappointments, overburdened with cares?
To you I say, “Behold the cross of Christ!” Think whose hand it is that chastens you; think whose hand is measuring to you the ‘cup of bitterness’ which you are now drinking. It is the hand of Him who was crucified! It is the same hand which, in love to your soul, was nailed to the accursed tree! Surely that thought should comfort and hearten you. Surely you should say to yourself, “My crucified Savior will never lay upon me anything that is not for my good. There is a needs be. It must be well.”
“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:6
by J.C. Ryle