“They Die Well”


 Samuel Rutherford was a Scottish pastor, professor of theology at St. Andrews, and one of the five Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly in 1643 (which gave us the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Directory of the Public Worship of God).  His most famous work, with the possible exception of The Letters of Samuel Rutherford, was Lex Rex, which means “The Law, The King.”

When Charles II was restored to the throne of England in 1660, Rutherford knew it was just a matter of time before he would be accused of treason. When he received the summons to appear before the court on a particular day, he responded from his deathbed, “I must answer my first summons; and before your day arrives, I will be where few kings and great folks come.” He died a few days later, on March 30, 1661 (from A Brief Life and Times of Samuel Rutherford by William Carson).

Someone once said of Christians, “They die well.” Could it be because they are looking for a city “that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God?” May that be true in our generation, also.


1 Comment

  1. Sandra A. said,

    March 24, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    So let it be, brother!

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