Sunday, October 31, 2010


I think this little-known holiday (accidentally fallen on the same day as one of the worst holidays imaginable ;-) ) may be one of my favorites, next to Christmas.  This year, we "celebrated" it (if you want to word it that way) by watching the film Luther.  You see, on this same day, in the year 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door at the Church at Wittenberg, thus initiating what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.

This is a wonderful day to reflect, not only on the work of God in causing men to return to the Bible for truth, but also on the truth His Word does contain.  The days prior to the Reformation were hideously dark days.  People lived in despair and fear, toiling from day to day, fearing God's judgment and believing in terrorizing superstitions.  They could not read God's Word for themselves, so they did not know about God's love, His mercy, His justice, His compassionate, His faithfulness... These truths bring such great comfort to us today, but they did not have this comfort.  One can almost hear Jesus speaking directly to the Church of that day as he did to the lawyers of his day:  "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering."

However, when brave men such as John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, God's Word was opened up again to the common man.  In translations from Latin into the common language, men and women were able to discover for themselves that God did love them, and that He gave His Son as a ransom for their sin so that they, if they would believe on Him, might have eternal life and blessing in Him.   The re-entrance of God's Word upon the dark world sparked a great revival, seen not only in the Church, but also in matters of politics, science, economics, and morality.  Indeed, "the entrance of thy words giveth light" (Psalm 118:130).

Take time today to thank God for giving us His Word, and thank Him also for the men who risked their lives to provide us with a way to read It.

1 comment:

Dani said...

Great post, Melanie. I never knew when Reformation Day was. How true it is that our spiritual lives are unfathomably blessed by great men and women of the past who sacrificed for our freedoms and privileges.