December 22, 2020

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Zechariah 11 Revelation 18:1-24

“God’s Intention for the World”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
[John 3:16]

In these words you hear even more forcibly and clearly, what God’s will and intention is toward the world, that is, toward those who have sin and because of it are already under the judgement and verdict of damnation. He takes out of the way everything that wants to frighten us because of our sins. He says simply and clearly that Christ was sent, and His kingdom was established not so that He would condemn and damn. The judgement and verdict were already there over all people through the Law, because they are all born in sin, are already sentenced to death and the hangman with his rope, and the only thing lacking is for the sword to be drawn. And so, the Christ steps into the middle at God’s command, orders judge and jailor to leave off, and rescues and makes alive those who were condemned. The reason He comes is to help the world, which He finds already damned. This is shown also by the words He speaks – “in order to save the world”.

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