>Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world

>”Take heed, therefore, take heed, I say, lest you presume to get rid of the smallest of your sins through your own merit before God, and lest you rob Christ, the Lamb of God, of his credit. John indeed demands that we grow better and repent; but that he does not mean us to grow better of ourselves and to strip off our sins by our own strength, this he declares powerfully by adding, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” As we have said above (§29), he means that each one is to know himself and his need of becoming a better man; yet he is not to look for this in himself, but in Jesus Christ alone. Now may God our Father according to his infinite mercy bestow upon us this knowledge of Christ, and may he send into the world the voice of John, with great numbers of evangelists! Amen.”

Martin Luther, from Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent; John 1:19-28
A sermon by Martin Luther from his Church Postil, 1520’s



2 thoughts on “>Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world

  1. >Thanks, bro! Hope you had a great Christmas.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | December 28, 2007, 2:56 pm
  2. >Jeff, Thanks for that post. I have large collection of Luther’s sermons, but don’t recall reading that one before. Of course, awesome timing there! :)Anyways, Merry Christmas to you, your family, and to the rest of the CRM crew and their families!All for Christ!

    Posted by hylander | December 25, 2007, 12:23 pm

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