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Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (1891)

Luke 7:11-17 "Have I not told you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" Thus our Lord and Savior once said to a bereaved disciple. This was at that time at the grave of Lazarus a true Word.1 And that is today even a true Word to all Christians where death held contemplation and has saddened the heart. That We Christians Particularly See God's Glory in the Face of Death. Namely, because we know how glorious it is, 1. That in Christ Jesus a great prophet has arisen among us; a. the world sees in death only misery and woe. That a widow of a man, a mother of a son is deprived, is before the eyes of man vain heartache. Death is to reason a king of terrors; Nain is not so pretty, lamentation resounds in its gates; no youth is so strong that death sets him in the dust; no man is so seemingly indispensable that death breaks the gap which no one can fill.2 And death even breaks into we Christians' house. Even Christians do not die all old and full of life; even Christians have widows and orphans among themselves. But where the world only sees cause for lamentation and complaint, or at best false consolation, grieving Christians see there the glory of God; b. in Christ Jesus a great prophet has risen among us, a teacher sent from God, yes, the eternal Mouth of Truth Himself. He alone and whoever is taught by Him, also rightly knows to speak of the death of His faithful. And He says: "Do not cry." Coming from a merely human consoler to a widow who mourns for her only son, this would be an empty word, or an accusation, or an insult. But we learn especially in the face of death that the Word Jesus therewith comforts and allows to console us is not human but divine. When He says, "Do not cry", when He ascribes to us comfort in sorrow that proves itself to afflicted hearts as the Word of life; thus when He teaches us that death is not death for us, but a slumber, a passage from faith to show, that also the body is sown in hope; that all suffering in this time is not worth the glory that shall be revealed in us when this corruptible shall put on, etc. Therefore, how blessed are we Christians, when the world is bleak, how many reasons do we have to praise God on account of the glorious teaching that, by those in Christ's Name who love Him, is preached in all lands and has proven itself in countless believers' hearts!3 But if we all learn that, then we learn at the same time how wonderful it is, 2. that in Christ Jesus God has visited His people.

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John 11:41-44. Luke 7:11-12. 3 Luke 7:13, 16-17.

a. God was in Christ; that this gospel preaches tremendously to us, that in His omnipotence Jesus puts before our eyes. The dead boy stands up for our behest.4 And this as he accompanies the great Son of God? Who are His companions? Who is this in the form of a servant? The same compassion that touched His heart as He saw the grieving widow, has driven Him, the "Lord", to this humiliation, Him, the Lord of death, to death. Thus He has overcome death, blotted out sin, which was the sting of death, purchased life and salvation for the children of wrath and death. Now He Who has visited His people sits at the right hand of God and will once again prove His power over death. What glorious Truth! b. that is comforting to us at all times; but in particular in the face of death, where such a sensitive matter appears before our eyes, that sin is in the world and death through sin and the form of death fills us with horror and, that one wears to his grave, appears lost before the eyes of man. The more sensitive all that goes to our heart, the more precious it must be to us to learn that sin is blotted out, death is defeated, and God's children are not lost. So we should then also in particular as mourners who are comforted praise God on account of His grace, that He, in Christ, has visited we children of death in order that we might live through Him. Then also the glory of his power toward us will be especially comforting, that we extol Him as Lord of Lords who rescues from death, who allows people to die and says: Come back, children of men; who also will represent us, who are separated from us. Then we will still see differently here our God's glory in faith and there in joy yet unlike here on earth in sorrow to praise Him. 5 A.G.

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Luke 7:14-15. Luke 7:15-17.