Good Friday

A Good Friday Sermon on How to Contemplate Christ’s Holy Sufferings

A sermon by Martin Luther, first published in 1519. The sermon went through many editions between 1519-1524 and was one of Luther’s most popular writings.
[The following sermon is taken from volume II:183-192 of The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI). It was originally published in 1906 in English by Lutherans in All Lands Press (Minneapolis, MN), as The Precious and Sacred Writings of Martin Luther, vol. 11. The original title of this sermon appears below. The pagination from the Baker edition has been maintained for referencing. This e-text was scanned and edited by Richard P. Bucher, it is in the public domain and it may be copied and distributed without restriction.]
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How to Contemplate Christ’s Holy Sufferings
I. THE FALSE VIEWS OF CHRIST’S SUFFERINGS

1. In the first place, some reflect upon the sufferings of Christ in a way that they become angry at the Jews, sing and lament about poor Judas, and are then satisfied; just like by habit they complain of other persons, and con-
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