Friday, November 10, 2006

Martin Luther’s Birthday, 1483

To honor Luther’s birthday, let’s give thanks that God has always shone His Gospel Light brightly throughout history. Even in the darkest of times. Luther was born into a life that was hammered constantly by the threat of God’s punishment upon sinners. Luther often felt like Paul who claimed he was the chief of sinners. But God’s mercy is greater than our sin.

In the midst of his darkness, Luther found the Light of God’s mercy shown clearly in His Son Jesus Christ. It is what Christ has done in the darkness of the cross that brings us true light. That brings us out of our sin-filled world into the comfort of sins forgiven and a new heart and new mind. Romans 3:23-24, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”

Luther is now in heaven, I don’t think he needs for us to say “Happy Birthday” to him. But in response to the Gospel that he preached and took comfort in it is very appropriate to say “Amen”.

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