01 April 2010

Luther: The Closeness of Christ

'I am the bread of life.' --Jesus (John 6:35)

Christ is closer to you through His Word than your son with his arms entwined around your neck. To come to Christ does not necessitate a long journey. It is not necessary for you to go to St. Iago or Rome. . . . No, you come to Christ when you believe in Him. Then He is with you and very close to you. He lies right before us, in front of our eyes and ears, so that we can see and hear Him. Just believe in Him, and then you have eaten Him and come to Him. --Martin Luther, preaching on John 6:35, in Luther's Works, 23:42-43

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