Cruce Tectum

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Christ, Our Servant

Great devotion by Luther from Day by Day We Magnify Thee (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985) p. 138: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew xx.28. Look at this picture and love it. There is no greater bondage or form of service than that the Son of God should be the servant and should bear the sin of every man, however poor and wretched or despised. What an amazing thing it would be if some great king's son should go into a beggar's hut to nurse him in his illness, wash off his filth and do all the things which otherwise the beggar would have to do. All the world would gape with open mouths, noses, ears, and eyes, and could never think and talk enough about it. Would that not be a wonderful humility? Therefore would it be well to sing, talk, and preach of this for evermore, and on our part to love and praise God for so gracious a gift. But, behold, what does it mean? The Son of God becomes my servant and humbles Himself so much that He carries even my afflictions and my sin; yea, the whole world's sin and death He takes upon Himself, saying to me: You are no longer a sinner, but I, I Myself step into your place. You have not sinned; I have. The whole world lies in sin, but you are not in sin, but I am. All your sin shall be upon Me, and not on you. No man can comprehend it. In the life hereafter we shall have a knowledge of the love of God and gaze upon it in eternal blessedness.

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