A Little Luther: All Wrath Is Laid Aside


“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you.’”

All Wrath Is Laid Aside

Do not flee, and do not be afraid, for He does not now come as He came to Adam, to Cain, to the flood, to Babylon, to Sodom and Gomorrah, nor as He came to the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. He does not come in wrath; He does not want to call you to account nor to affix blame. All wrath is laid aside; nothing but gentleness and kindness remain. He indeed wants to deal with you in such a way that your heart will have pleasure, love, and full confidence in Him, that from now on you will cling to Him and find refuge in Him much more than you before were terrified and fled from Him. See, He is nothing but gentleness toward you. He is a different man completely. He acts as if He were sorry ever to have terrified you and to have caused you to flee by His punishment and wrath. For that reason He wants to make you bold again and to comfort you and kindly bring you to Himself.

From the Church Postil, sermon for Advent 1 on Matthew 21:1–9 (Luther’s Works 75:36–37)

Luther, Martin. Day by Day:365 Devotional Readings with Martin Luther . Concordia Publishing House. Kindle Edition.

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