Luther and Truth

Read: St. John 8:12-32
Text: “…and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

Martin Luther was undoubtedly the greatest man in his generation. He is known as the Great Reformer of the sixteenth century. What made him great was his ability to distinguish truth from error; this coupled with a mighty faith, a fearing spirit, a great devotion, and a complete surrender to the will of God made him the prophet of the truth.

Through painful experience Luther came to know the truth that sets people free, namely, that we are justified by faith alone through faith in Jesus Christ. In anguish of heart his troubled soul sought relief in the church, and he performed the works prescribed, but he found that peace only when he discovered that “the just shall live by faith,” and when faith became for him the sole avenue of escape.

The truth which our faith must grasp is that Jesus Chris is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When we can say with Luther, “You are the Christ, the Son of God. For me You did die and rise again for my eternal salvation,” then we have grasped and believed the central truth of the Christian faith.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the revelation of Your saving truth, and that You are our Savior indeed. Give us the faith of Luther and keep us steadfast in Your truth. Amen.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.