Falling on the Rock

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Daily Reformation, Galatians 2:17-21

From the Reformer

Therefore I say man must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like a man that is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. He must only lie motionless and cry: Almighty God, merciful Father, now help me! I cannot help myself. Christ, my Lord, do help now, for with only my own effort all is lost! Thus, in the light of this cornerstone, which is Christ, everyone becomes as nothing; as Christ says of himself in Luke 20:17-18, when he asks the Pharisees and scribes: “What then is this that is written. The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner? Every one that falleth on that stone shall be ‘broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust” (Psa 118:22). Therefore, we must either fall upon this stone, Christ, in all our inability and helplessness, rejecting our own merits, and be broken to pieces, or he will forever crush us by his severe sentence and judgment. It is better that we fall upon him than that he should fall upon us. For this reason the Lord says in this Gospel: “No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day.”

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

Pulling It Together

Fall! And be raised up higher than you thought possible. Christ himself willingly fell on the cross and in so doing, the Rock of Ages splintered your eternal punishment. Even more, he was raised up on high. Should one imagine she is not expected to now fall upon that Rock? You are already broken; the falling is confession of fact, the breaking of a haughtiness that separates you from the risen life, and the only way to fix what is broken. Believe and fall upon the Cornerstone and be raised to eternity.

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

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