Every good thing we could think or desire
is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For,
He was sold, to buy us back;
captive, to deliver us;
condemned, to absolve us;
He was made a curse for our blessing;
sin offering for our righteousness;
marred that we may be made fair;
He died for our life;
so that by him fury is made gentle,
darkness turned into light,
sadness made merry,
misfortune made fortunate,
force forced back,
war warred against,
the abyss sunk into the abyss,
mortality made immortal.
In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune.
For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle against us,
and the sting of death to pierce us,
are turned for us into exercises which we can turn to our profit.
If we are able to boast with the Apostle, saying,
"O hell, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?,"
it is because by the Spirit of Christ, we live no longer, by Christ lives in us.