LÖHE ON 1.JOHN 5:6

bloodwatercrossThis is the one who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. (1.John 5:6 NIV)

Blood and water flow from the pierced side of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not just water, but rather blood and water. In his congregations our Lord works with water and blood, with the grace-filled water of life and with the blood of sprinkling. Words full of life and spirit flow from his mouth and give testimony to our spirit. Who is this, who for this world is testated through word, water and blood in this everlasting testimony and of whom a threefold, eternal testimony is alive in heaven? It is he, who is adored and worshipped by an elected people, collected by this testimonial of heaven and earth. It is the very same, who was hanging on the cross, was dead and buried in the grave and who rose again victoriously on the 3rd day – our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

He testifies: “I have overcome this world!” Honor and praise, power and strength, glory and majesty are his. He is the king of kings, the Lord of lords. His people, who don’t see him and yet still see him, because they believe and trust in him are like him, Lords and conquerors of this fallen world. We have seen it with our own eyes and the centuries proclaim it that those, who believe in him, have overcome this world too. They have shed their blood and died in shame, but they have overcome their foes and all opposition. Their spirit, their faith, their word and doctrine has triumphed, have overcome nations and kingdoms and have been proven right and true over and above all wisdom, philosophy and ideology of this world even.

Lord, you and your people have overcome this world. Now let me by your power overcome the world in and around me so that with the twelve apostles and all the holy martyrs I may praise your glory and thank you eternally, that your people eventually overcome all their enemies by your power.  Amen.

The enemies of your cross o Jesus oppose your kingdom and threaten to destroy it. You as the son of God can repel their evil threats. Your throne remains forever and hell’s power strives in vain to tumble it.

Your kingdom is not of this world and no human institution either. No worldly power can resist your victorious progress. Your inheritance is yours eternally and even your foes protestations must promote and increase your honor and glory. (Balthasar Münter, 1735-1793)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Tuesday after the first Sunday after Easter: Quasimodogeniti. It is found on Pg. 167 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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