January 07, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Genesis 16:1-18:15 Matthew 6:1-24 Proverbs 2:1-5

“The Supreme Preacher”

“And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

[Matthew 3:17]

He is the supreme Preacher, preaching from the highest pulpit – from heaven. Because He is the supreme Preacher, His Sermon is accordingly the highest sermon, and no more sublime sermon has come into the world than this one, which the almighty, eternal, merciful God delivers concerning His equally omnipotent, beloved Son, saying, “this is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” ….. So likewise, the Greatest Student and hearer of this sermon is the Holy Spirit Himself, the Third person of the Holy Trinity – the Divine Majesty. These are all sublime indeed – Preacher, Sermon, and Hearer – and there can be none greater. This is why the dear angels keep silence and do not make themselves heard. Rather, they are listening to God, the Almighty Father and what He is preaching concerning His Son with whom He is well pleased . But now you may say: “what good is it do me?” You must know and believe this truth – this is true comfort – Christ is God’s Son, begotten of the Father in eternity, conceived by the Holy Spirit without sin and born true man of the Virgin Mary; that is what the Preacher wants you to know today.

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