Today marks the 500th (!) anniversary of the “official” start of the Reformation.
In the spread of the Gospel around the world, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk from Saxony, finds his place among the greats. We know him for the radical idea of the priesthood of all believers (we all share the joy and responsibility of service to the Lord). Another radical recovery was the conviction relating to God could not come from passed down human traditions, power structures of the Church (rote rituals), or our own efforts to measure up to unrealistic standards. Instead, we enter into a relationship with the Living God by “grace alone” through “faith alone” in Jesus Christ!
Ephesians 2:8-10 says it all:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
In a world in turmoil, the ancient truth that in Jesus alone we will truly find rest and peace remains as powerful now as it was 500 years ago (another age of great anxiety and unrest). So on this day, we celebrate the past but also the future, trusting that the Lord will continue His work of reforming us and restoring our weary souls unto Himself.