Illuminated parchment of the Apocalypse by Martinus, c. 1086
Daily Reformation, Revelation 5:11-14
From the Reformer
When we pay attention to reason, God seems to propose impossible matters in the Christian Creed. To reason it seems absurd that Christ should offer His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper; that Baptism should be the washing of regeneration; that the dead shall rise; that Christ the Son of God was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary, etc. Reason shouts that all this is preposterous. Are you surprised that reason thinks little of faith? Reason thinks it ludicrous that faith should be the foremost service any person can render unto God.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Pulling It Together
You must go low to be high. You must fall down to be raised up. You must stoop to stand. You must proclaim another greater than yourself to become greater than you could ever have been by yourself. Therefore the deep foundation of a humble faith in “the Lamb who was slain” is of highest value. Luther said that, “Faith in God constitutes the highest worship.” We are raised up to the heights of heaven so that we may fall down to worship. Augustine said, “The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” And so, it is in falling down in deep humility that we are raised up to God on high.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers