Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Gerhard on the Death of our Lord Jesus Christ

"In this passage where it is reported that Christ gave up His spirit, we should remember, first, that Christ truly did die. For the words are clear and distinct: Christ departed and gave up His spirit. Our reason finds this astounding and cannot reconcile itself to it. That God created heaven and earth -- that He is righteous, all-knowing, merciful and mighty -- [our reason] can comprehend to a certain extent. However, that God's Son actually died on the cross is [to our reason] silly scandal and foolishness. We, however, should believe God's Word more than the judgment of our reason; and of this we should be certain: that Christ, God's Son, truly died. For upon this [fact] rests the foundation of our Christianity, yea, also our salvation."

--Johann Gerhard, An Explanation of the History of the Suffering and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ, Elmer M. Hohle, trans. (Malone, TX: Repristination Press, 1999) pp. 285-86.


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