By R. Lejeune
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) used to be an unique. He used to be at domestic nowhere: he belonged neither to church circles nor to secular ones. He used to be a humiliation to Christians and non-Christians alike. He looked as if it would problem and disconcert every person. And but he possessed a wierd self assurance in God's historical past; a self belief that encouraged wish in lots of, and that maintains to take action even this present day. during this newly revised quantity, Lejeune offers a brief precis of Blumhardt's existence, by means of nineteen of his thought-provoking sermons.
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The people who lived in darkness saw a great light. The desperate, the condemned, the damned, the murdered, those for whom there is no longer any consolation, no longer any hope, are allowed to see the Father who loves them. With every word of the Gospel, God places his hand on the darkness. His loving hand reclaims sin, death and hell. God’s love for the world was revealed when he gave his only Son, allowing the Word to become flesh. Christ in the flesh remains the pledge of God’s love. ” You belong to God!
Why should God? I would like to see the place in the Bible where permanency is promised to any human church. God does not care about the church if it no longer serves his cause. We have no guarantee that God’s cause will be left forever in our hands. As an expression of his attitude to the official church, Blumhardt took off his cassock and gave the pulpit from Bad Boll to a church in the Black Forest. At times he stopped giving regular sermons and didn’t use his right to celebrate baptism or the Lord’s Supper in his house.
Now they were told of the Christ who wants to become Lord on earth in the new kingdom of God. Again and again Blumhardt experienced the reality of the parable of the great feast. He knew himself sent out as a servant into the streets and alleys, the highways and hedges, to gather 50 / CHRISTOPH BLUMHARDT AND HIS MESSAGE the poor. He experienced how they came gladly to the feast. It needs to be emphasized here that Blumhardt was not, by nature, political; he believed in a kingdom not of this world.