06 December 2010

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

The Lord Jesus, the Second Adam, also fell into a deep sleep of death on the cross.  His side, too, was opened; and from it flowed blood and water, which, it is preached in the Church, are distributed in the Sacraments.  Christian hearts receive this treasure by faith.  Thus the Christian Church is built.  Thus our hearts are brought to Christ.  Thus we are washed of our sins by the Lord's Jesus true holy water, and hallowed by His blood.  And just as Adam's heart poured itself out in beautiful love for Eve, so the love of Jesus Christ also burns for our heart.  -- Valerius Herberger, The Great Works of God, p. 175.

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