“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.”
-Romans 3:28 NIV
This Sunday we observe Reformation Day. The day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Those statements sparked debate, and an ultimate split in the church which resulted in the Lutheran Church, and many other Protestant churches we now have today. One of the big issues Luther had with the Roman Catholic Church was their teaching on how sinners can be made right in the eyes of God. How could they settle the score, right the wrong, balance the scales in terms of our sin, and God’s demand for perfection. Luther protested the teaching that one could somehow buy, or earn forgiveness from God. He read the words above in the Bible and it changed everything. Luther realized we can’t “do” enough to earn forgiveness, it comes to us as a gift. Faith in Jesus is the hand that reaches out to receive that gift from God. You can be certain about your forgiveness. You can be certain about eternal life. It doesn’t depend on you. It depended on Jesus who lived, died, and rose so that through faith in Him, you could spend eternity with your loving heavenly Father. Happy Reformation Day!