December 01, 2020

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Nehemiah 7:66-72 Revelation 2:12-17

“We Will Rise with Him”

“If anyone keeps my Word, he will never se death.”
[John 8:51]

Because we have the Word of God and are baptized in accordance with it, we also will leave this life gladly, relying upon it, and are certain that we have already risen with Christ, and on the Last Day will also rise with according to the body. That is where St. Paul now takes his stand: if Christ rose only on His own behalf, our salvation is lost. Then the true and joyous Easter day that we are keeping does not pertain to us, nor does the Last Day, which will be a day for all Christians. But since Christ has risen from the dead for our sakes, and become the first-fruits of those who sleep [1st Corinthians 15:22-23], our salvation stands firm and we, too, shall rise from the dead and keep the joyous Easter with Him on the Last Day. Thus, He weaves Christ’s resurrection, and our own into one another, and makes of them a single resurrection.

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