It is a comfortable and cheering thought that the same kind of thing that happened to the disciples is often going on at the present day.  The sermons that are preached to apparently heedless ears in churches are not all lost and thrown away.  The instruction that is given in schools and pastoral visits is not all wasted and forgotten.  The texts that are taught by parents to children are not all taught in vain.  There is, often, a resurrection of sermons and texts and instruction after an interval of many years.  The good seed sometimes springs up after he who sowed it has been long dead and gone.  Let preachers go on preaching and teachers go on teaching and parents go on training up children in the way they should go.  Let them sow the good seed of Bible truth in faith and patience.  Their labor is not in vain in the Lord. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on John 2.12-22.

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