Martin Luther chaosandoldnightwordpresscomAs we are within days of the end of Christmastide, many of us are contemplating a return to normality.

At this time, it is normal to wonder what Christmas messages we can carry forward in our daily lives.

Martin Luther wrote the following (H/T: Revd Mark Henderson of Glosses From An Old Manse). This is an excerpt from Luther’s sermon for Christmas Day (revised) from Sermons of Martin Luther – The Church Postils, Volume 1 (emphases mine):

‘Behold here what the Gospel is, namely, a joyful sermon concerning Christ, our Saviour. Whoever preaches him rightly, preaches the Gospel of pure joy. How is it possible for man to hear with greater joy than that Christ has been given to him as his own? He (the angel) does not only say Christ is born, but he makes his birth our own by saying to you a Saviour is born. Therefore the Gospel not only teaches the history concerning Christ, but it enables all who believe it to receive it as their own, which is the way the Gospel operates, as has just been set forth. Of what benefit would it be to me if Christ had been born a thousand times, and it would daily be sung into my ears in a most lovely manner, if I were never to hear that he was born for me and was to be my very own? If the voice gives forth this pleasant sound, even if it be in homely phrase, my heart listens with joy for it is a lovely sound which penetrates the soul. If now there were any thing else to be preached, the evangelical angel and the angelic evangelist would certainly have touched upon it.’