“It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, to His Son Jesus Christ, than to seek what God intends for us today. The fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than the fact that I shall die, and the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead is the sol ground of my hope that I, too, shall be raised on the Last Day. Our salvation is “external to ourselves.” I find no salvation in my life history, but only in the history of Jesus Christ. Only he who allows himself to be found in Jesus Christ, in his incarnation, his Cross, and his resurrection, is with God and God with him.” (Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p. 44)
God is the Great Author,
and we, minor characters.
Our little stories have been swept up,
taken into and mixed with the one Great Story,
Love caused His incarnation,
For love He endured the cross.
Loving mercy pours from heaven,
that not one may be lost.
We are small,
His acts on our behalf are not minor.
In, with, and under the suffering
The great I AM,
and He is for us.
making all things new,
On My Heart Imprint Your Image
On my heart imprint your image,
Blessed Jesus, king of grace,
That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures
Never may your work erase;
Let the clear inscription be:
Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope’s foundation,
And my glory and salvation!