Monday, November 10, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTIN LUTHER!

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the great men in all of Gods history. Martin Luther was born on this day, November 10th five hundred and twenty years ago, 1483. Here was a man who had a zealous love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave his life for the cause of Christ, in the midst of much opposition, persecution and criticism. Luther as we know was the one who posted the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenburg Church, an event said to have begun the Protestant Reformation. We have so much to be thankful for when it comes to Luther and the life he lived. From the printing of the Word of God, to the courageous opposition to the ever powerful Papacy, he was an example in word and deed.

What is often overlooked though, is his conversion. In the midst of his struggle with his own sinfulness in the light of the holiness of God, Luther came to a point of hating God. In the midst of the life of a monk, Luther came to hate God. The perceived weight of the Law was too much for him to bare. Until he came to the passages that spoke of the justification that is by faith. When Luther learned from Scripture that the righteous are those who are justified by faith, the chains fell off. His encounter with Gods grace and mercy through the Word of God, is a powerful example of how it is that Scripture saves people. Luther came to faith in Christ through his encounter with the living Word of God. And God through His Word, radically saved this troubled monk.

The rest at they say, is history, and what a great history it is. Happy Birthday Martin, and thank you for a life well lived!

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pastor tom
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