Friday, December 27, 2019

Esther 2:1-23; Zechariah 12:1-13:6; Revelation 19:1-10

To be with Christ; which is far better. Philippians 1:23

On an ancient grave in Worcester Cathedral, England, is a Latin inscription “Misserimus”. It means “most miserable”. In the catacombs, where early Christians took shelter from persecution, is a word carved into the stonework of a wall. That word is “Felicisimus” and means “most happy”. What a contrast! The apostle Paul looked forward to death with an eager anticipation as he realised that for the Christian: “To die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Is that our hope or does the thought of death fill us with misery? —Paul Young

Afraid? Of what? To enter into Heaven’s rest,
And still to serve the Master blest, From service good to service best— Afraid—of that? —E. H. Hamilton