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Christ in Our Place

August 22, 2018
By Martin Luther

Save Me, O God! For the waters have come up to My neck.

PSALM 69:1

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Christ in Our Place

Save Me. This general word gives expression to all misery. Therefore [Christ] seeks to be set free from all of them. It is to be noted, however, that Christ always has a simple response to us for our double request. . . . Since [Christ] was innocent even of the punishment, His punishment was for our sin. Hence when He Himself prays to be freed from punishments, He is at the same time praying that we might be freed from sins and punishments, since He would have no punishments if it were not for our sins and our punishments. Thus the psalm is speaking about Him and about us at the same time, and it must be read with the most devoted love for Christ. Let us, I say, understand our sins and His punishment at the same time, expressed in the same words. Hence the waters are the very punishments and sufferings of Christ, but at the same time they are our iniquities.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 69 (Luther's Works 10:354)

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