by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. —John 19:39
"Joseph of Arimathaea besought Pilate." It is certain that this was effected by a heavenly impulse, so that they who, through fear, did not render the honor due to him while he was alive, now run to his dead body as if they had become new men.
They bring their spices to embalm the body of Christ; but they would never have done so if they had been perfumed with the sweet savor of his death. This shows the truth of what Christ had said, "Unless a grain of corn die, it remaineth alone; but when it is dead, it bringeth forth much fruit." For here we have a striking proof that his death was more quickening than his life; and so great was the efficacy of that sweet savor which the death of Christ conveyed to the minds of those two men, that it quickly extinguished all the passions belonging to the flesh.
So long as ambition and the love of money reigned in them, the grace of Christ had no charms for them; but now they begin to lose their taste for the whole world. —Commentaries
John Calvin was the premier theologian of the Reformation, but also a pious and godly Christian pastor who endeavored throughout his life to point men and women to Christ. We are grateful to Reformation Heritage Books for permission to use John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart as our daily devotional for 2013 on the OPC Web site. You can currently obtain a printed copy of that book from Reformation Heritage Books.
Dr. Joel Beeke, who is editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, has this to say:
"Calvin shows us the piety of a Reformed theologian who speaks from the heart. Having tasted the goodness and grace of God in Jesus Christ, he pursued piety by seeking to know and do God’s will every day. He communed with Christ, practicing repentance, self-denial, and cross-bearing. Moreover, his theology worked itself out in heart-felt, Christ-honoring piety. The selections of this devotional bear this out, and hopefully will be used by God to direct pious hearts in our own day."
These devotional readings from John Calvin were compiled by John H. Kromminga. Be sure to read his "Introduction" to John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart.