I definitely needed to hear Brian's words of law and gospel today.
This is the sad reality of our lives: "Despite all that God has done for us, and continues to do for us, and has yet to do for us but will, we stick it in his face. We don't need him. We don't want him."
And yet the law's harsh words are comforting because when I am faced with my unchangeable state here on earth, I am also immediately pointed to the cross. There I meet a God who loves me so much and provided the atonement for my condition. That good old law and gospel works very time, doesn't it.