From the beginning of his work on the postils, Martin Luther intended them for common pastors and people, and thus they were to be the great devotional book of the Reformation. Luther’s collected sermons for the church year were originally published in two series: the Church Postil and the House Postil. These were among his most popular works. Aside from his catechisms, they did more to teach people the Reformation than any other book. Volume 75 provides the sermons on the Epistle and Gospel readings from Advent through Christmastide in fresh, clear English.
The following excerpt is taken from the Gospel Sermon for the Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:33–40 (paragraphs 66–72).
It has been said abundantly that the dear saints before Christ’s birth understood and believed the prophets and were all preserved in Christ and His faith, as Christ Himself says about Abraham: “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see My day. He saw it and was glad” (John 8 [:56]). Likewise: “Many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and to hear what you hear” (Luke 10 [:24]). Likewise, Paul wrote: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13 [:8]). And still more clearly: “For you should know, dear brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the Red Sea, and all were baptized under Moses with the cloud and with the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, which was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10 [:1–4]). [Read more…] about Martin Luther on Typology