October 30, 2015 in Church News
Tomorrow is the big day…Reformation Day. It was on this day 498 years ago that Martin Luther stepped up to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg and delivered the hammer blows that would change the course of church history and ultimately represent a triumph for the gospel. On that church door, Luther nailed a set of propositions for debate concerning the sale of indulgences. He introduced his ninety-five theses with the words: “Out of love for the truth and a desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed…“
It is a love for the truth that began the Lutheran reformation. The source of truth is the Word of God. As Jesus said concerning the Scriptures, “Your Word is truth.” It was because Luther had been convinced by the Scriptures that God’s forgiveness was not something that could be bought and sold that he posted his theses on the eve of All Saints Day (All Halloweds Eve or Halloween). Reformation Day reminds us that the heart of Lutheranism is a zeal for the Word of God and its central message of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
May that zeal for the Word live in each of us! Let’s not be satisfied with simply being told what the Scriptures say and what to believe. Let’s dive into the Word ourselves and discover the truth as God has laid it out before us. The greater our knowledge of the Word, the greater our confidence in our Savior Jesus Christ and the bolder we will be in face of trial and opposition. On Reformation Day, let’s renew our love for the truth and pray that the Spirit would enlighten each of us through God’s Holy Word.