Posts tagged Martin Luther
…And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! Jn. 1:36
Other prophets have also foretold how Christ would come and how He would free the world from sins. But neither Isaiah nor Jeremiah would have been able to say: This is the one whom you must accept. John is the only one whose voice was the first to announce Christ and whose fingers pointed to the person where the forgiveness of sins is actually to be found. No human being had ever had or seen fingers like those of John, with which he pointed to the Lamb of God. Therefore, when we are oppressed by sin, or terrified by the Devil or by Death, what we need to do is to look at the mouth and fingers of the preacher, who will give us the correct teaching and show us how to come to the forgiveness of our sins and how to make our peace with God. This is the joy that the whole world, not just Elizabeth and Zechariah, should have in John.
Martin Luther in Luther’s Breviary: A Meditation for Each Day of the Year (Wartburg Verlag 2007), p. 192
It is inevitable that various faults and mistakes will occur in the community of believers, so we should not get angry if we bite our own tongue, punch ourselves in the eye, kick ourselves or bang our head against a wall. This is when we should think in this way: “So, this is a member of your body, your brother, your neighbour: what are you going to do about it? He did it by accident and not for fun – it was not meant maliciously. Or else it happened out of weakness or ignorance. The blow has landed, and it hurts, but does this mean that you are going to throw away an entire limb? This is a tiny spark. If you spit on it, it will go out! Do not do this, otherwise the Devil will come with his poisonous breath or will work through spiteful tongues to make a fire out of the spark, which will then prove impossible to put out. And then there will be all this discord and hatred with you possibility of reconciliation and the whole community will suffer as a result.” The Devil is indeed a spirit of this kind, never giving up and never leaving us alone. The only solution for us is constantly to keep fighting him off.
Luther, in Luther Brevier: Worte fuer jeden Tag, Wartburg Verlag 2007, p. 128 (for April 21)