How comforting it is to know that the very highest one, he who ascended from the cross up to the throne of God, is closest of all to those of us who despair of comfort. We are not too small, too weak, or too sinful for him. He is our brother and loves us. And when such a brother rules over us, who can still despair? If we believe it, we will have the risen one with us with all his love, mercy, and power.

Source: Excerpted from a sermon: "The Risen One, Our Brother," 1858

Blumhardt’s sermons call us to make room, here and now, for God’s coming kingdom.