The Christian’s Antidote to Sorrow

August 30, 2018

John Owen was a great theologian in the 17th century. In the 1650’s he was the vice-chancellor of Oxford University. However, later in his life he was pushed into obscurity and harassed by a new government. Much worse, during his life he witnessed the death of all eleven of his children and his wife, Mary. After the death of his first ten children he wrote these words: “a due contemplation of the glory of Christ will restore and compose the mind ….[it] will lift the mind and hearts of believers above all the troubles of this life, and is the sovereign antidote that will expel all the poison that is in them; which otherwise might perplex and enslave their souls.”

Michael Reeves says, “Death, sin, sadness, slavery, despair: in Christ there is antidote for it all.”

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