The Joyous Forever

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Daily Reformation, John 6:51-58

From the Reformer

Now, when one comes to Christ, that is, to his Gospel, he hears the personal voice of Christ the Lord, which confirms the knowledge God taught him, namely, that God is nothing but a very gracious Saviour, who wants to be gracious and merciful to all who call upon him.

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “On Faith and Coming to Christ”

Pulling It Together

Have you heard the voice of Jesus? He tells you of the merciful God who offers eternal life. This is not the sort of tale you hear about in fantasy stories. It is far more than the long life of a immortal who eventually wants to die but cannot. Jesus tells us of being forever in the presence of glory. He means that you will live with the perfectly loving God in a way that has no end. The Savior tells of everlasting joy and satisfaction, of being filled with the very presence of God. He speaks of this joyous forever by telling us of bread and wine: symbols of himself. Whoever feeds on these—on Christ—will live because he lives. Have you heard? Eat! Drink!

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

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