Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Have a Martin Luther Christmas

Phillip Ryken shares some neat thoughts about how Martin Luther preached and wrote songs about Christmas.

From the article:
We might be tempted to think that if we had been in Bethlehem, we would have given the baby Jesus the welcome he deserved. “If only I had been there!” Luther imagines us saying. “How quick I would have been to help the Baby.” And yet, said Luther, “You only say that because you know how great Christ is, but if you had been there at that time you would have done no better than the people of Bethlehem. Why don’t you do it now? You have Christ in your neighbor. You ought to serve him, for what you do to your neighbor in need you do to the Lord Christ himself” [p. 31 from Martin Luther’s Christmas Book].

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