“His last words, while struggling with death, were, ‘Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will, no doubt, through the mediation of his blessed Son, receive me, though a sinner; where I hope we ere long shall meet, to sing the new song, and remain everlastingly happy, world without end. Amen.’ He felt the ground solid under his feet in passing the black river which has no bridge, and followed his pilgrim into the celestial city in August 1688, in the sixtieth year of his age. The circumstances of his peaceful decease are well compared by Dr Cheever to the experience of Mr Standfast, when he was called to pass the river: the great calm—the firm footing—the address to by-standers—until his countenance changed, his strong man bowed under him, and his last words were, ‘Take me, for I come to thee.’ Then the joy among the angels while they welcomed the hero of such spiritual fights, and conducted his wandering soul to the New Jerusalem, which he had so beautifully described as ‘the holy city;’ and then his wonder and amazement to find how infinitely short his description came to the blissful reality.” ( Banner of Truth Magazine Issue 299-300, Aug-Sept. 1998)
Bunyan finished his course well; a trophy of God’s grace to His glory. If you have not read the following books I would strongly recommend them:
- Grace Abounding – Bunyan’s autobiography
- The Pilgrim’s Progress – The most published book apart from the Bible. “Is regarded as one of the most significant works of English Literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.” [Wikipedia]
- The Holy War – “As much as he [C.H. Spurgeon] loved Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, he felt for the mature Christian Bunyan’s The Holy War proved more helpful. He contended the former was best for a babe in Christ, but the latter best after growing in grace.” (Drummond 1992, 346)
Each of these is a must-have in the believer’s library and of tremendous value in their journey from the Land of Destruction to the Celestial City.