Five Minutes a Day with Luther Saturday, October 31, 2020
Bible Passage:John 17:13
But now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy made full in themselves.
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After I had called them together and implanted in them My Word, Jesus says, I preserved them so long by my corporal presence until the Word had taken root and lived in them, so that it might be spread abroad more widely by them. And I was with them for this reason, that I might lay the foundation of this, and might obtain for them all those things which they, together with all Christians, will have need of, and would want to receive. But now the time is at hand that I must come again to Thee and receive My kingdom and make it known by having the Word spread abroad among all nations. Therefore I commend these men to Thee, and I come to Thee for this cause, that Thou might strengthen and guard them by Thy Holy Spirit and by Thy divine power. And these things I speak in the world as a testimony of My commendation of them to Thee, in order that they might hear how I pray for them to the effect that they may be under Thy sure care and protection; so that, by relying on that, they will most surely believe that they will never be forsaken by Thee, even though the whole world, with all the devils together, should rage against them with all their fury. That they might have My joy made full in themselves, that is, that they might have consolation through the Word, which they have heard with their ears and have held fast in their minds; and that, being thereby gladdened, they might say, 'Behold, Christ my Lord said this, He has faithfully prayed in this manner for me from His heart, I have heard from His mouth that He will defend and preserve me by the omnipotent and eternal power and might of His Father.'
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I'll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!