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Daily Reformation, Revelation 1:1-9
From the Reformer
I, out of my own experience, am able to witness, that Jesus Christ is true God; I know full well and have found what the name of Jesus had done for me. I have often been so near death, that I thought verily now must I die, because I teach his Word to the wicked world, and acknowledge him; but always he mercifully put life into me, refreshed and comforted me. Therefore, let us use diligence only to keep him, and then all is safe, although the devil were ever so wicked and crafty, and the world ever so evil and false. Let whatsoever will or can befall me, I will surely cleave by my sweet Saviour Christ Jesus, for in him am I baptized; I can neither do nor know anything but only what he has taught me.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
Though you mourn, there is Christ. Though you suffer, there is Christ. Though you are displaced, there is Christ. Though you are imprisoned, there is Christ. Now, there is always Christ in the midst of all else that may befall you.
In the difficult in-between times of life, Jesus remains the beginning and the end. The cowboys said that one could be between a rock and a hard place. Those are the in-between moments that do not define life. In these betweenities of life, Jesus is still the author and finisher of all life (Heb 12:2). The Alpha and Omega defines the middle. Keep the faith in the in-between.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers