Pardon

Daily Reform, Day 180

Galatians 2:20 & 1 John 1:8-10

From the Reformer

I always say, there is no remedy against the sects, no power to resist them, except this article of Christian righteousness. If we lose this article we shall never be able to combat errors or sects. What business have they to make such a fuss about works or merits? If I, a condemned sinner, could have been purchased and redeemed by any other price, why should the Son of God have given Himself for me? Just because there was no other price in heaven and on earth big and good enough, was it necessary for the Son of God to be delivered for me. This He did out of His great love for me, for the Apostle says, “Who loved me.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

One of the most famous presidential pardons was President Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon for his part in the Watergate scandal. Most Americans disapproved of his pardon but the President has the power to pardon crimes. Family and friends cannot do a thing to absolve the guilty party. The criminal may not pay money to lessen his sentence. There is nothing he can do but serve his time, but the President of the United States of America may pardon him. He would still be guilty; yet he would not have to pay, as we say, for his crime. This sounds familiar.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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