Taking On Guilt

PLEASE NOTE:  This Advent season at Faith Lutheran we are using Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional booklet for daily devotions and weekly sermon themes.  What follows has been taken from that booklet.


Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 19:16-19


Because what is at stake for Jesus is not the proclamation and realization of new ethical ideals, and thus also not his own goodness (Matthew 19:17), but solely his love for real human beings, he can enter into the communication of their guilt; he can be loaded down with their guilt…


It is his love alone that lets him become guilty.  Out of his selfless love, out of his sinless nature, Jesus enters into the guilt of human beings; he takes it upon himself.  A sinless nature and guilt bearing are bound together in him indissolubly.


As the sinless one Jesus takes guilt upon himself, and under the burden of this guilt, he shows that he is the sinless one.


Let us pray:  Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


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