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Our Highest Comfort

August 23, 2018
By Martin Luther

O God, You know My folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from You.

PSALM 69:5

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Our Highest Comfort

The Holy Spirit is speaking in the person of Christ and testifying in clear words that He has sinned or has sins. These testimonies of the psalms are not the words of an innocent one; they are the words of the suffering Christ, who undertook to bear the person of all sinners and therefore was made guilty of the sins of the entire world. Therefore Christ not only was crucified and died, but by divine love sin was laid upon Him. . . . And this is our highest comfort, to clothe and wrap Christ this way in my sins, your sins, and the sins of the entire world, and in this way to behold Him bearing all our sins. . . . For God has laid our sins, not upon us but upon Christ, His Son. If they are taken away by Him, then they cannot be taken away by us. All Scripture says this, and we confess and pray the same thing in the Creed when we say: "I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who suffered, was crucified, and died for us." This is the most joyous of all doctrines and the one that contains the most comfort. It teaches that we have the indescribable and inestimable mercy and love of God.

From Lectures on Galatians (Luther's Works 26:279-80)

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