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What Luther offers is distinctly theological, because he puts one's loss into a perspective that recognizes that death is not the end for the believer in Christ. Luther's 1532 funeral sermons celebrate the certainty of Christ's resurrection and ours. The author tried to show the extent to which Luther, regardless of his own doubts or foes or illnesses, provided comfort to many whom death threatened to devour. Luther's writings on death take it out of the realm of the dreary and depressing and onto something of infinite promise, because, for the dying believer, death provides the best opportunity to redeem the benefits of Christ's death and resurrection. For survivors, death is not sweet, but it can be filled with healing and hope, for death provides the greatest opportunity to proclaim, to others and ourselves, Christ's death and resurrection.

Keywords: Christ; death; Luther; resurrection



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