Mark 6:29, The Death of John the Baptist
When his disciples heard of [the death of John the Baptist], they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Jonathan Edwards, The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus, sermon preached on the occasion of the funeral of William Williams, Edwards’s uncle and longtime pastor (September 1751)
You have enjoyed great advantages for your souls’ good, under his ministry. That you had such a minister was your privilege and your honor. He has been an ornament to the town of Hatfield. And his presence and conversation among you has been both profitable and pleasant; for though it was such that it commanded AWE and RESPECT, yet it was, at the same time, HUMBLE and CONDESCENDING. It tended both to instruct and entertain those that he conversed with. As a wise man, and endued with knowledge, he showed out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
But now it has pleased a holy God to take him away from you. You will see his face and hear his voice no more in the land of the living. You will no more have the comfort and benefits of his presence with you, and the exercise of his ministry among you.
Therefore, now go to Jesus, the Supreme Heard of the church, and Bishop of souls. Your pastor is dead, and will not live again until the last day. But Christ, the chief Shepherd, though he was dead, is now alive! And behold, he lives forevermore. He ever lives to provide for his church, and to guide and feed his flock. Go to that Jesus whom your deceased pastor preached, and to whom he earnestly invited you while he lived, and give thanks for the many blessings you enjoyed in him. Remember how you have received and heard, and hold fast, that no man take your crown …
All you that have an interest in JESUS, now go to him on this occasion, and tell him of your bereavement, and beg of him that he would not depart from you; but that he would make up his loss in his own immediate presence … that you may have of the presence and blessing of JESUS with you.