Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

It is because the Passover was the most essential and central of Old Testament events that our Lord lays down His life in the midst of its remembrance. He goes as a lamb to the slaughter, silent, but not without knowledge. He lays down His life as a sacrifice, of His own accord, and He chooses the time. He is the Lamb whose blood shields us from the angel of death and delivers us from the slavery of Pharaoh. He is both the new Adam and the true Israel, and He is the One Who Is.

Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson
p. 139

Luther Quote of the Day

Let us now come to John, who is also an eloquent and powerful devastator of free choice. At the very outset, he represents free choice as so blind that it cannot even see the truth, let alone be able to strive toward it. For he says: “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness does not comprehend it” [John 1:5]; and shortly afterward: “He was in the world, and the world knew him not. He came to his own, and his own received him not” [vv. 10 f.]. What do you think he means by “world”? Will you exempt any man from this description unless he has been recreated by the Holy Spirit? It is characteristic of this apostle to use this word “world” to mean precisely the whole race of men. Hence, whatever he says about the world applies also to free choice as the most excellent thing in man. Thus according to this apostle, the world does not know the light of truth [v. 10], the world hates Christ and those who are his [John 15:18 f.], the world neither knows nor sees the Holy Spirit [John 14:17], the whole world is in the power of the evil one [I John 5.19], all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life [I John 2:16]. “You,” he says, “are of the world” [John 8:23]. “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” [John 7:7]. All these and many similar passages proclaim the glories of free choice, that principal part of the world and that which governs it under the overlordship of Satan.

The Bondage of the Will
Luther’s Works Vol. 33
p 277-278

Church Father Quote of the Day

He finished the work of washing their feet and commanded them out of love: “Look, my disciples, at how I have served you and at the work I have assigned you to do! Look at how I have washed and cleaned you; now hurry quickly to the church, and pass through its door as heirs! Tread over demons without fear and on the head of the serpent without being frightened! God on your way without fear and announce my word in the cities! Spread the Gospel to the nations and instill love in the hearts of all! Announce my Gospel before kings and witness to my faithfulness before judges! See that I who am your God have lowered myself and served you so that I could prepare a perfect Easter, and the face of the entire earth could rejoice!”

Cyrillona
Hymn on the Washing of Feet

Lent and Easter with the Early Church Fathers
Marco Pappalardo
p 50-51

Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

These two noteworthy characters, Mary of Bethany and Judas, produce a powerful effect by way of contrast. Together they typify our relation to the Christ: He gives His body to Magdalenes to be anointed, and He gives it likewise to Judases to be kissed. He gives Himself to good persons who repay Him with love and service, and He gives Himself to foes who crucify Him. We, of course, have been ––and are––both. We are Mary, and we are Judas. We are saint, and we are sinner.

Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson
p. 130

Luther Quote of the Day

These words of Paul: “All have turned aside, the whole world is guilty, there is none righteous,” are mighty rolls of thunder and piercing lightning flashes, and in truth the very “hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces,” as Jeremiah calls it [Jer. 23:29], by which everything that exists is shattered, not only in one man or some men or some part of them, but in the whole world and all men without a single exception, so that at these words the whole world ought to tremble, fear, and take to flight. What stronger or graver terms could have been used than that the whole world is guilty, all the children of men are turned aside and worthless, no one fears God, no one is not wicked, no one understands, no one seeks for God? Nevertheless, such was and is the hardness and insensate obstinacy of our hearts that we have neither heard nor felt these thunderings and lightnings, but have set up and extolled free choice and its powers in spite of them all, so that we have truly fulfilled the saying in Malachi 1[:4]: “They build, but I will tear down.”

The Bondage of the Will
Luther’s Works Vol. 33
p 256-257

Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

Palm branches represent an oasis, water and food, rest and shelter in a barren and hostile place. This is what God gives in the temple and in His Word: He gives refreshment, rest, safety. Jesus is the temple build without hands. He abides in the hearts of the faithful. He enters into them through HIs sacrificed, yet risen, body and blood. So the saints in heaven decorate themselves like the temple on earth with palms, for they the are the place of the Lamb’s gracious blood, the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson
p. 127