10/27 - "Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an
eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth." (Rev. 14:6a -
ESV) With the Festival of the Reformation coming on Friday, we turn
our attention to this great and blessed event. The Reading for today
has long been interpreted as a prophecy referring to Martin Luther, who
brought the message of the Gospel to a world that had long been hearing
10/28 - "God is our Refuge and Strength, a
very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1 - ESV) Psalm 46 was one
of the great inspirations for Luther when he wrote the ever-popular
hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" - a hymn still sung in many
Christian congregations at the anniversary of the Reformation.
- "Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10a - ESV) Only
God knows how many of His people have taken comfort from this verse. No
matter what the circumstances might be, God encourages: "Be still",
stop and take a deep breath, and remember that God is still God and
therefore still in control.
10/30 - "All have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but are justified by His
grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Rom.
3:23-24 - ESV) Here
we have both Law (which was over-emphasized in the days before
Luther) and also the Gospel, which brings hope and comfort to the sinner
who is overwhelmed by his sin.
10/31 - "(Jesus
said) If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will
know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31b-32 -
ESV) This is one of the great blessings which came out of the
Reformation movement - getting God's Word into the hands of His people.
Now we can read and study God's Word to find the truth, which sets us
free from eternal damnation.