Today, the Lord’s Day, involved preaching about him. Nothing new about that, but maybe there should have been. Because if it was not new, what was it? I don’t mean new in doctrine, that would be wrong. Yet speaking about Jesus should be fresh.
Spent some time this afternoon reading a couple of paragraphs from the life of William Hewitson, a Scottish preacher from the nineteenth century. He had taken part in a communion Sunday, which in those days involved a lot of preaching.
His biographer mentions two responses that Hewitson had to his preaching. The first was this: ‘Sitting in his own room, after the protracted services were over, he said, with that holy, calm solemnity which so habitually characterised him, not only in the pulpit and at the communion table, but in society and at his own fireside – “Oh for an immortal, a spiritual body, which should never grow weary in serving our glorious Lord!”’
The second was this: ‘Lord Jesus! what thinkest Thou of this day’s work? Hast Thou been seeing of the travail of Thy soul?’
Perhaps those two quotations say it all.