Daily Reform, Day 205
Galatians 2:21 & 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
From the Reformer
Paul’s increasing severity becomes apparent as he reminds the Galatians that they disobeyed the truth in defiance of the vivid description he had given them of Christ. So vividly had he described Christ to them that they could almost see and handle Him. As if Paul were to say: “No artist with all his colors could have pictured Christ to you as vividly as I have pictured Him to you by my preaching. Yet you permitted yourselves to be seduced to the extent that you disobeyed the truth of Christ.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Jesus of Nazareth is plainly portrayed to the world and yet seen by so many as simply a great teacher, or a peace advocate, or a political revolutionary, or one who never existed. Until he is seen as crucified, he is simply Jesus of Nazareth and not Jesus the Savior of the world. Jesus was not born to fix governments, usher in peace, or enlighten us with a new philosophy. He was born to die. His mission was to die for the sin debt of all people so that they could eternally exist with their creator. Because we never could restore ourselves to this blessed relationship, God did it for us. When we add politics, morality, or religious philosophies to the cross of Christ, we are saying that Jesus is inadequate to the task of salvation.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers