Samuel Rutherford: 1600 - 1661


"Welcome, welcome, cross of Christ, if Christ be with it. An afflicted life looks very like the way that leads to the kingdom." —Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

Samuel Rutherford is known both for his courageous struggle to maintain scriptural truths recovered during the Reformation in Scotland and for his descriptions of the beauties of a Christ-filled life. He was educated in Edinburgh, and was converted to Christ around age 23. His greatest joy was of preaching Christ.

Rutherford signed the National Covenant in 1638 along with other Scottish Covenanters who opposed Anglican dictates over worship. He published Lex Rex: the Law, the King, which refuted the divine right of kings. After King Charles II was crowned in 1661, Rutherford was summoned to Parliament to hang for high treason. Unable to travel, he calmly sent a reply "that he had got another summons before a superior Judge and judicatory;" saying, "I behoove to answer my first summons; and, ere your day arrive, I will be where few kings and great folks come." 

On March 20, 1661, Rutherford met Christ at five in the morning, proclaiming "Glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel's land!"