Thursday, 1 April 2010

Luther on Good Friday


Luther on how to reflect aright on our Lord's Passion on Good Friday:

"...they meditate on the Passion of Christ aright, who so view Christ that they become terror-stricken in heart at the sight, and their conscience at once sinks in despair. This terror-stricken feeling should spring forth, so that you see the severe wrath and the unchangeable earnestness of God in regard to sin and sinners, in that he was unwilling that his only and dearly beloved Son should set sinners free unless he paid the costly ransom for them as is mentioned in Is 53, 8: "For the transgression of my people was he stricken." What happens to the sinner, when the dear child is thus stricken? An earnestness must be present that is inexpressible and unbearable, which a person so immeasurably great goes to meet, and suffers and dies for it; and if you reflect upon it real deeply, that God's Son, the eternal wisdom of the Father, himself suffers, you will indeed be terror-stricken; and the more you reflect the deeper will be the impression.

...that you deeply believe and never doubt the least, that you are the one who thus martyred Christ. For your sins most surely did it. Thus St. Peter struck and terrified the Jews as with a thunderbolt in Acts 2, 36-37, when he spoke to them all in common: "Him have ye crucified," so that three thousand were terror-stricken the same day and tremblingly cried to the apostles: "0 beloved brethren what shall we do?""

From a sermon by Martin Luther first published in 1519. The sermon went through many editions between 1519-1524 and was one of Luther's most popular writings. It can be found in The Sermons of Martin Luther, Volume II, p.183, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI).

6 comments:

Matthias said...

For there are two paintings say it all regarding Atonement and the Resurrection.
Jan VAN Eyck's ADORATION OF THE LAMB with a Lamb standing on an Altar obviously being Sacrificed-note standing not lying as if dead.
Rembrandt's RAISING OF THE CROSS,where he painted himself as one of the people raising the Cross with Christ on it and more or less saying-My sins put Him there for me.
No need for anyother mediator nor idulgences.The price was paid Once and for all time

acroamaticus said...

Yes, Wayne, Praise the Lord!
If only our erstwhile brother could re-grasp this truth!

acroamaticus said...

Yes, Wayne, Praise the Lord!
If only our erstwhile brother could re-grasp this truth!

acroamaticus said...

Yes, Wayne, Praise the Lord!
If only our erstwhile brother could re-grasp this truth!

acroamaticus said...

Yes, Wayne, Praise the Lord!
If only our erstwhile brother could re-grasp this truth!

acroamaticus said...

Yes, Wayne, Praise the Lord!
If only our erstwhile brother could re-grasp this truth!