Amazing Help

"Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live."
JOHN 11:25
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Amazing Help
The right hand of God mightily lifts the heart and comforts it in the midst of death, so that it can say: "Though I die, I die not. Though I suffer, I suffer not. Though I fall, I am not down. Though I am disgraced, I am not dishonored." This is the consolation. Furthermore, the psalmist says of the help: "I shall live." Isn't this an amazing help? The dying live; the suffering rejoice; the fallen rise; the disgraced are honored. It is as Christ says: "He who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25). Paul speaks in a similar manner: "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair" (2 Corinthians 4:8). These are all words that no human heart can comprehend. And here you see that this comfort and help is eternal life, which is the true, everlasting blessing of God.

From Commentary on Psalm 118 (Luther's Works 14:86)
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