"The words which I specially dwell upon in this chapter are singular affecting and instructive. They record the message which Martha and Mary sent to Jesus when their brother Lazarus was sick:: "Lord, behold he whom Thou lovest is sick." That message was short and simple. Yet almost every word is deeply suggestive."- J.C. Ryle
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes, and their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.