Listen With Joy

After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
HEBREWS 1:3
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Listen With Joy
Here he comes to the Gospel proper. Everything which can be said about Christ is of no help to us until we hear that all of it is said for our good and benefit. Why would it be necessary to preach to us, if it happened for His sake alone? But now this applies completely to us and our salvation. Therefore, let us listen with joy, for these are exceedingly precious words. Christ, who is so great, the heir of all things, a radiance of divine honor, the imprint of the divine essence, who upholds the universe not through someone else's power or assistance but by His own activity and power—in short, who is all in all—He has served us, poured out His love, and made purification for our sins. He says "our," "our sins" [Hebrews 1:3], not His sins, not the sins of unbelievers. The purification is in vain and does nothing for those who do not believe this.

From the Church Postil, sermon for the Third Day of Christmas on Hebrews 1:1-12 (Luther's Works 75:266)
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