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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Annunciation of Our Lord

"Thus there is nothing more important for us than for God Himself to reveal how mankind could be reconciled with Him. This way of reconciliation was revealed in the incarnation. Scripture says that God became man in order to save fallen mankind and to make it pleasing to Him. Was this means unworthy of God? Certainly not! God Himself became a man in order to be able, by His suffering and death, to blot out the sins of all people and redeem them so all who believe can be saved. In the redemption of man, God revealed His holiness and His love, the magnitude of which is incalculable. How inviolable must be the holiness and justice of God if He could first forgive man only after the endurance of all the punishment their sins merited. And how unthinkably great must be His love, which caused Him to lay upon His only-begotten Son all of mankind's sins and to give Him up in disgrace, suffering, and death upon the cross to pay the penalty no creature was able to bear...

"In the mystery of the incarnation, God appears as a being of incomprehensible wisdom, of the highest holiness, and of eternal and all-encompassing love. What mystery could therefore be more worthy of God?"

--C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It: Daily Devotions (St. Louis: Concordia, 2006) p. 902.

"I give thanks to You, Jesus Christ, only Mediator and Redeemer of the human race, that in the fulness of time You united to Yourself, personally, a true human nature, and You deigned to be born of a virgin [Gal. 4:4]... Now You can never forget me because You have engraved me on the palms of Your hands [Isa. 49:16]. For Christ's communion with humanity daily and continually makes You mindful of me. Now You can never forsake me, since You, by the closest bond of personal union, ordained to join the human nature to Yourself. However much, therefore, my sins hinder me from coming to You for mercy, nevertheless, the communion of the two natures in Christ will not allow me to be driven away. I will depend totally upon You, who totally assumed my totality, Amen."

--Johann Gerhard, The Daily Exercise of Piety, Matthew C. Harrison, trans. (Malone, TX: Repristiniation Press, n.d.) pp. 35-36.

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