07 September 2010
New Lutheran Quote of the Day
If we use the lives of God's great heroes only as examples, we end in discouragement. The comparison crushes us to wonder what is the use or hope of a feeble Christian like me. John the Baptist is most for us when we hear and heed his message - a message of repentance and, above all, a message that points to Christ. Follow the hand and the words of John as he points to Jesus. "Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). So your sin and mine, all our failures, our doubting God's plans and promises, our insistence on our own way instead of His. Christ answers for our sins, the Lamb slain for our forgiveness, our liberation, our being included in God's company of people among whom we know who we are and what we are for. He associates with such unlikely people as you and me, and with us He would do His wok in the world. Forgiveness, acceptance, liberation from all our slaveries, a life that is shaped and shines with His love, even in prison and through dreary days. -- Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, p. 273.
Posted by William Weedon at 7:30 PM