This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
On the 31st of October it will have been half a millennium since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg castle, forever changing world history, a turn of events no one could have foreseen. After all, the nailing of the theses was an obscure event, made by an obscure monk relating to an obscure issue. The call to debate the theses included attracted just one person: Martin Luther himself!
And yet, this one (non) event has changed the face of the world we live in, and more than any single event in the modern era, has shaped our modern society leading to rediscovery of many of the precious truths that we love and cherish here at TAC, 500 years later.
While reminding us that we are made right with God through Jesus’ work (his death on the cross) and not our own efforts, the Reformation also stands as a reminder that God uses all people, even the obscure monks, to bring about his world-changing plans. All we are called to do is to have faith in his Son, trusting him with our lives now and for eternity.
There is of course, so much more to say, but this morning, let’s give thanks for this ordinary man who declared the incredible truths, and so was used by, our extraordinary God.