“… and from Jesus Christ…, him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father.” (Rev. 1)

The faithful are righteous Kings. Not that they wear a golden crown on their head or bear a golden sceptre or appear dressed in silk, velvet and garments of gold and silk. The truth is much more splendid: they are lords over Death and the Devil, Hell and every sort of misfortune. To them, shame is honor; Hell is Heaven; Death is Life; the Devil is a man made from straw; Sin is Righteousness; unhappiness is happiness; poverty is wealth. For they are lords over everything and they need nobody, because they are of God and they have God as a friend – indeed, as a loving Father – and in God they find wealth, great treasures and every sort of good and enjoy great abundance. Therefore none of these can harm them: Sin, Death, the Devil, hunger, thirst, cold, heat, the sword or any misfortune.

Luther Brevier: Worte fuer jeden Tag, Wartburg Verlag (2007), p. 135.