The Great Turning Point of All Things

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.

 

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.” Romans 8:31-34

 

What kings and leaders of nations, philosophers and artists, founders of religions and teachers of morals have tried in vain to do – that now happens through a newborn child.

 

Putting to shame the most powerful human efforts and accomplishments, a child is placed here at the midpoint of world history – a child born of human beings, a son given by God (Isaiah 9:6).  That is the mystery of the redemption of the world; everything past and everything future is encompassed here.

 

The infinite mercy of the almighty God comes to us, descends to us in the form of a child, his Son.  That this child is born for us, this son is given to us, that this human child and Son of God belongs to me, that I know him, have him, love him, that I am his and his is mine – on this alone my life now depends.  A child has our life in his hands….

 

Let us pray:  Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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One Response to “The Great Turning Point of All Things”

  1. Sandra Maddox Says:

    You are a man who gives so much to so many in the sharing of God’s word. God has blessed you with an insight that tells of the love of God so beautifully.

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