LÖHE ON JOHN 17:17

EmmausSanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17 NIV)

It is a saving truth, that all Christians are united with their Lord’s suffering and dying through faith and are justified from all their sins by his resurrection. That’s a blessed swap and most joyful exchange between us sinners and Christ, who stands in for us vicariously. This wonderful truth did not originate in some human head and it’s not comprehensible by us if God does not grant his grace so that we believe it. This truth is emphasized in all of God’s word and yet all people oppose this divine truth, because of their sinful being and their bias against their creator and savior.  Everything in us prefers saying “No” to this gospel and reject it as heresy and foolishness even. Yet it is and remains the truth is the pinnacle of all wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and salvation.

O Father, here on earth far too many live in spiritual poverty and illness. Hallow your name yourself and hallow your son in all of us! Transfigure him in our hearts, so that we might hallow your name also, deny the world and all sinful being, dedicate ourselves to you and be sanctified in your wholesome and holy truth. Your word is the truth, and Jesus Christ is your word, the living word, which is revealed in the script of your holy writ. By the power of your holy name transfigure our prayer and deeds, that it might become recognisable that we are yours and that your name is in us. If we are sanctified in our Lord Jesus Christ, then we are sanctified in you too and therefore yours. If we are covered by your name, then we are kept safe and at peace in the most blessed sanctuary – a safe haven and mighty fortress – your blessed and treasured own, which no power or evil can rob or harm. Amen  +

We need soldiers strong and brave, washed in Jesus blood, firmly founded in God’s word, immovable by fiendish aggression and tumult. They won’t rest until they have banned the sinful power recognized. They storm ahead in the power of their Lord and daily serve him gladly and willingly. They sacrifice their lives on God’s altar and love holy and truthful. Dedicated entirely to the King of kings and prepared to die for him any day. They pull others from the hellish flames, reach out to the brother their faithful hand, but know only Jesus and living in the light of his love and grace. Victorious in battle and war, bearing burdens quietly, patient in need, suffering and hardship. No longer lamenting or complaining, but rather focused on Christ’s cross and his victorious resurrection from the dead. We need soldiers for God’s glory + (Author unknown)

This is a translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after Sunday Oculi (3rd Sunday in Lent). The prayer was translated rather literally and not poetically. Both are found on Pg. 137 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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