Reformation Day | October 31, 2017
In what author Diarmaid MacCulloch calls, “An Accidental Revolution,” Martin Luther spoke out 500 years ago today!
On October 31, 1517 the opening shot of the reformation was fired. The protestant reformation had begun! The reformation sought to re-orient Christianity upon the original message of the Bible: Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
We celebrate this ‘reformation anniversary’, not because 500 years is a long time, nor because Martin Luther was the herald of a new doctrine. We celebrate this ‘reformation anniversary’ because first and foremost the reformation was about recovering the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ and being passionate about the bible.
Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, to the glory of God alone remain the foundations of the Christian message to the world.
As Martin Luther came to believe 500 years ago, the Bible still insists that a transformed life is only ever possible though repentance and faith in Christ alone.
Jesus says, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11.
O God, by whose grace your servant Martin Luther, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church, turning error into truth and arrogance into humility: Grant that we also may be aflame with the same spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; that your Church on earth may more closely resemble your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.