Jeremiah 51:1-54; Titus 2:1-15; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 26:17
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,
and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of
our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us
to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself
a people that are his very own,
eager to do what is good.”
In our church today we celebrated the Reformation that began in 1517 with the German monk, Martin Luther. Luther learned that there was nothing he could do to purify himself to make himself acceptable in God’s eyes. He learned from Scripture that it was by faith alone in Jesus Christ who gave his life on the Cross for him that made him pleasing to the Father in Heaven. Luther realized that Jesus had made him his very own–and whatever good he desired to do it was out of gratitude for what Christ had done for him–not works to earn God’s favor, but works to give glorious thanks to God the Father. As Christ’s very own we celebrate as Luther celebrated–we are saved by grace! God’s gracious favor rests upon us by faith. Let us serve and do good with thankful hearts!
Lord God, you are our Mighty Fortress. Just as you gave assurance to Martin Luther that faith in your Son Jesus Christ delivered him from sin, death and the devil, may we live our lives assured of the same. Thank you, not only for Martin Luther, but for all the faithful ministers of Your Word since him who have remained faithful to sound teaching. Continue to bless our churches with the clear proclamation of the Gospel. For Jesus’ sake, we pray, Amen.
“The Lord reigns,
let the nations tremble,
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name–
he is holy.”