The Truth

Just what is the Reformation Sunday which many church’s will observe on Sunday October 28th about?  Some will likely answer that it is all about noting and even praising the main leader of the Reformation Movement, Dr. Martin Luther.  Other may will note that it is a Lutheran celebration, after all isn’t that where the Lutheran Church got it name from.  Still others may will may well speak about the reform in the Church which was the result of the Reformation movement.  While there is some truth to all of those items, the real purpose of the Reformation Sunday and what we  Lutheran  celebrate anyway, is the central theme held up by Luther; the truth of God’s Word.

While many put the Lutheran Church in same group as Protestantism, that couldn’t farther from the truth.  In fact, Lutheranism is not even a church by the strictest measure, rather it is a confessing movement.  By that I mean that it is a movement out of the Church catholic which seeks to confess the truth of God’s Word.  I will go one step farther – it is the only true Church here on earth.  So you see there are many differences between us and other so-called Protestant churches.

Lets begin with the truth of who we are as humans on this earth.  The Bible says that we are sinners and cannot save ourselves or please God.  Without help from the outside of us there is no hope.  The Bible is clear, eternal death – separation from God – is the result without God.  You may be the most wonderful person in the world, but without faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are headed for eternal death in hell.  St. Paul puts it this way in Romans 20; “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes the knowledge of sin” and “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  In other words sinners cannot be saved by their good deeds – by being a good person.

But there is another truth.  It is the truth of God’s great love for us.  Again in chapter of Romans 3 Paul writes; “…and we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ.”  This truth says that God sent His only Son to die for the sins of the world and rose again on Easter morning, so that through faith in Christ Jesus everyone who believes has the certain hope of eternal life.  It cost God the life of His Son and it cost you nothing.

We might say that the Reformation is about liberation or as some have said; it’s about being “set free” from everything that keeps one unsure of his or her salvation.  In John 8:32 Jesus promises that “the truth will set you free.”  The truth is found only Jesus Christ, who alone has the power to set free and save the human race.  It is Jesus who said; “I am the way, the truth and the light.”  There is no one else, there is no other religion, there is nothing else that can set you free.  And that’s the truth!  Believe it!

 

 

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