God in the Manger

[Another great Luther quote on Christmas, posted in 2005]

The God in the Manger
A major hat-tip to What You Do Do Quickly for this heart-touching Christmas meditation from Martin Luther:

if you will have joy, bend yourself down to this place. There you will find that boy given for you who is your Creator lying in a manger. I will stay with that boy as he sucks, is washed, and dies…. There is no joy but in this boy. Take him away and you face the Majesty which terrifies…

I know of no God but this one in the manger…That person lying in the manger is both man and God essentially, not seperated one from the other but as born of a virgin. If you separate them, the joy is gone. O Thou boy, lying in the manger, thou art truly God who hast created me, and thou wilt not be wrathful with me because thou comest to me in this loving way- more loving cannot be imagined.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • FW

    now THIS is beautiful.

    law and gospel in the form of an infant child. not in the form of abstract theological musings about predestination or whatever.

    And my death is joined to the death of this child. What is there left to consider to be more certain of God´s love and acceptance after this?

  • FW

    now THIS is beautiful.

    law and gospel in the form of an infant child. not in the form of abstract theological musings about predestination or whatever.

    And my death is joined to the death of this child. What is there left to consider to be more certain of God´s love and acceptance after this?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    Only through Jesus, we can see God and live.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy

    Only through Jesus, we can see God and live.


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