“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”1 Peter 1:8
Martin Luther could be like a bull in a china shop when defending truth. Sometimes he said things he shouldn’t have said. But he was a work in progress like any of us and, for all his faults, he could make the good news of Jesus beautiful for despairing sinners. He called Jesus “joy and sweetness” to broken hearts. It wasn’t just about 95 theses and disputations for Luther—it was about the enduring love of Christ for people who desperately need Him.
Peter wrote his first letter to people who suffered “all kinds of trials” (1:6). They were far from home, persecuted for their faith, and struggling to remember Jesus. In the middle of life’s dark moments, it can be hard to remember the hope that’s in store for us. When our hearts are broken, we forget the beauty that awaits God’s people. But when we believe in Jesus, we’re “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
Is your heart grieved and broken? Are you looking for hope? Remember your sweet Savior. Believe in Him and be filled with the inexpressible joy of salvation.
“For Christ is the Joy and Sweetness to a broken heart.” (Martin Luther, 1535)