“Our Lord Jesus Christ never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His heart is still as compassionate as when He was upon earth.
His sympathy with sufferers is still as strong. Let us bear this in mind, and take comfort in it. There is no friend or comforter who can be compared to Christ.
In all our days of darkness, which must needs be many, let us first turn for consolation to Jesus the Son of God. He will never fail us, never disappoint us, never refuse to take interest in our sorrows.
He lives, who made the widow’s heart sing for joy in the gate of Nain.
He lives, to receive all laboring and heavy-laden ones, if they will only come to Him by faith.
He lives, to heal the broken-hearted, and be a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
And He lives to do greater things than these one day.
He lives to come again to His people, that they may weep no more at all, and that all tears may be wiped from their eyes.”
–J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1879), 1: 209-210. Ryle is commenting on Luke 7:11-17.