Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Have you found yourself?

Please take a minute to read this perceptive piece by Bonhoeffer. Note the circumstances of his life.

February 7, 2007
Finding Ourselves in Christ
It is not that God's help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God's presence and help
have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know
what God did to Israel, in God's son Jesus Christ, than to discover what God intends for us today. The
fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than the fact that I will die. And the fact the Jesus Christ
was raised from the dead is the sole ground of my hope that I, too, will be raised on the day of
judgment. Our salvation is "from outside ourselves." I find salvation not in my life story, but only in
the story of Jesus Christ. Only those who allow themselves to be found in Jesus Christ - in the
incarnation, cross, and resurrection - are with God and God with them.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from Life Together 62
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Carla Barnhill, Ed., HarperSan Francisco, 2005

On February 7, 1945, Bonhoeffer is moved to Buchenwald concentration camp.

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