Augustin Marlorat (1506-1562) on Christ’s empathy with us in all adversities


Augustin Marlorat (1506-1562) was a French Reformer (Huguenot) who was executed on the charge of treason, largely due to his advocacy of Protestantism. As a Huguenot, having faced a number of trials and tribulation in his lifetime, he speaks below of Christ’s empathy with us in all adversities:

“Now, how can Christ suffer with us, and be touched with our infirmities, except he were subject to those affections, and infirmities before? Therefore, he is one whole described to be Hungry, another while Thirsty, another while Weary, another while Scourged, another while Crucified, another while Dying: to the end we may know, that we have an high Priest, that has felt in himself our infirmities, and so may have a sure hope and trust in all adversities. For Christ knows how we are minded, and affected in them, and of what help we stand in need, seeing that he himself has born the like. This matter is very well handled by the Apostle in his Epistle to the Hebrews. This so belongs to the confirmation of our faith, by which we believe that Christ was not only GOD, but also perfect man, in all things like unto us, sin excepted. For in that he was weary of his journey, he does not declare his Divinity, but rather his humanity, and the Imbecility of the flesh, according to the which, he suffered Hunger, Thirst, Weariness, sorrows, and death itself. It was necessary that by these and such like arguments the true Assumption of our flesh, in which the redemption and reconciliation of mankind was made perfect, should be declared. Moreover these things prescribe and set before us an example to follow. The Lord was weary of his Journey. Wherefore? because he used not to ride, but always went on foot, what Journey soever be he took in hand.”

– Augustin Marlorat (1506-1562), A Catholike and Ecclesiasticall exposition of the holy Gospel after S. Iohn, John 4:6, p., 105


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