Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Love straight through

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
    And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
    —Matthew 26:50 (KJV)
    He said to Judas, when he betrayed Him: “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” Just as if He had said: “Thou hatest me, and art mine enemy, yet I love thee, and am thy friend.” ... As though God in human nature were saying: “I am pure, simple Goodness, and therefore I cannot will or desire or rejoice in, or do or give anything but goodness. If I am to reward thee for thy evil and wickedness, I must do it with goodness, for I am and have nothing else.”
    ... Theologia Germanica [1518], Anonymous, ascribed to Johannes de Francfordia, (1380?-1440) & Susanna Winkworth, tr., published anonymously by Martin Luther, ch. XXXIII (see the book)
    See also Matt. 26:50; Ps. 31:19; 34:8; 41:9; 55:12-14; 107:1; Luke 22:48; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Jas. 1:27; 1 John 4:8-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have embraced me when I have betrayed You.
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