…I went a little farther, and I saw one who hung bleeding upon a tree, and the very sight of Him made my burden fall off my back (for I had groaned under a very heavy burden, but then it fell off). It was a strange thing to see, and I have never seen anything like it before. And while I stood looking up at the one hanging on the cross, three Shining Ones came to me. One of them testified that my sins were forgiven; another stripped me of my rags and gave me this embroidered coat that you see; and the third gave me the mark that you see on my forehead and gave me this sealed scroll.
As if introduction were necessary, these words and those of recent posts are lifted from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
I have heard that Spurgeon read this tale over a thousand times in his life and considered it the second most important book ever written.
It was given to me many years ago by a mentor to my faith, and I passed that same copy off to another. With Kindle, it is now available to me to read a thousand times should I choose, that’ll probably not happen, but maybe it should.
I can’t even tell you why I chose to re-read it, but now that I’ve opened its pages, the intrigue with Mr. Bunyan’s tale of Christian keeps me coming back for more.