Click for today’s readings: 2 Samuel 17:1-23; Galatians 3:6-14; John 5:30-47
“Luther, we all know, was the fire-starter of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, he posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenberg. He rejected the authority of the pope and church councils to determine the actions and beliefs by which a person could be saved. Luther believed that we were justified by faith, not the seven sacraments declared necessary by the church. He believed that none of us needed a priest or pope to pray to God for us, but that each of us had direct access to God. Luther translated the Bible into the language of the people so that for the first time the people could read it themselves. Luther’s words, ‘Here I stand, I can do no other,’ echo through the centuries as a call of conscience to each of us” (“Here I Stand [But What is that Camel Doing Here With Me?],” Larry Reimer).
At the closing of our vacation Bible school, the moderator asked the children how you could go to heaven. One little boy jumped up and said, “Putting your faith in Jesus!” I think Luther would agree.
Prayer: Lord, give us a child-like faith in Jesus who saves. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.