1. When the Law is viewed in its true light, when its "glory" is revealed, it is found to do nothing more than to kill man and sink him into condemnation.
  2. The celebration of Trinity Sunday–the only church festival specifically dedicated to a doctrine–reminds us of the necessity of confessing that the one God exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. The point Luther made, again and again, was that distance between God and sinners is collapsed when the crucified Christ himself comes to sinners through a preacher.
  4. Following Augustine's proposition that prayer can lead to a cooperative relationship between God's will and man's, Paulson, the alternative prayer that Luther highlights with the petition "Thy will be done."
  5. Thomas is an illustration of the power of Christ’s resurrection.
  6. The gospel of Jesus’ coming out of death and the tomb alive so that we might be restored to our identity as God’s children establishes the most enduring reality there is.
  7. On this Maundy Thursday, in particular, let the “for you” of Christ’s gifts dominate.
  8. Great things are contained in these seemingly unimportant words: "Behold, your king." Such boundless gifts are brought by this poor and despised king.
  9. All human wisdom, righteousness, and holiness are made futile in that which belongs to God’s kingdom.
  10. Belonging to Christ means we have a place where we fit, a resting place where we are at peace because we know our Lord accepts us as His own.
  11. For Luther, those who refuse Christ as a curse want their sin removed not in Christ but in themselves.
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