Monday, December 26, 2016

A Merry Martin Christmas (Part 3)

And here's the third.

"...good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).

In effect they are saying: It is our sincere desire that all men glorify God in the highest and that they live at peace with one another.  Unfortunately it is impossible for these conditions to exist at all times because many people pay no attention whatsoever to the Gospel.  They refuse to accept this Son of God.  Instead of that, they persecute both the Gospel and the Son.  May God, therefore, grant to the Christians a cheerful, joy-filled heart so that they will say: I have a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!  If people mistreat me and persecute me because of this Savior, I'll rejoice over that too.  I will maintain good cheer and joy in the midst of suffering.  That is the kind of heart the blessed angels desire for us Christians, so that we may have joy in the face of hatred and go on singing when the devil goes on a rampage.  The angels want us to be proud in Christ and in Him to defy all misfortune; and if the devil attacks us, that we mock and ridicule him by saying, Satan, you can only attack my body, my life, my property, and so on.  You might as well give up on that, too, Satan, for you cannot harm me since I have an eternal Savior, who will delight me with joy as a recompense for all my physical suffering here on earth.