November 24 – 1629 = Wolleb dies of plague
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.
Johannes Wolleb was born in Basle, educated in Basle, and became the head pastor of the cathedral in Basle in 1618, and had been professor of Old Testament at the University since 1611. Wolleb is not often mentioned because he did not do what it takes to be often remembered by history. He did write, but his focus was to write short and pastoral works rather than the lengthy theological works that earn praise from the scholastic community. He was Reformed, and he preached the truth of Jesus Christ to the people of his congregation as well as warned them about the dangers of Roman Catholicism. He also made sure to always apply the word of God to the life of the hearer. All who knew him agreed, he was a man of faith and he did his work well to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wolleb did his job as pastor first and foremost. And this meant ministering to the sick and dying. An outbreak of the plague hit the city in 1629. Many fled for safety, but Wolleb and many other pastors stayed behind. Those who were dying needed the comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ. This exposed Wolleb to the plague, and he too became sick and died on November 24, 1629. Being a pastor was not a life of ease, but a life that was given in service to the Lord Jesus Christ. Many ministers died in plagues, and Wolleb was not the only one in Basle during the outbreak to fall. Let us not forget the blessings of modern medicine, and the blessing of faithful men who minister the truth of Jesus Christ even at the risk of their own life. Such a picture of self-sacrifice directs us back to the Shepherd of the Sheep, Jesus himself.
Read more in the “History of the Swiss Reformed Church” by James Good pg. 156
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