July 19, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: 1st Chronicles 28:1-29:30 Romans 5:6-21 Proverbs 19:18-19

“Amazing Help”

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die,
yet shall he live,”
[John 11:25]

The right hand of God mightily lifts the heart and comforts it in the midst of death, so that it can say: “though I die, I die not. Though I suffer, I suffer not. Though I fall, I am not down. Though I am disgraced, I am not dishonored.” This is our consolation. Furthermore, the Psalmist says of the help: “I shall live”. Isn’t this an amazing help? The dying live; the suffering rejoice; the fallen rise; the disgraced are honored. It is as Christ says: “He who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.” [John 11:25]. St. Paul also speaks in a similar manner: “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair” [2nd Corinthians 4:8]. And here you see that this comfort and help is eternal life, which is the true, everlasting blessing of God.

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