Tomorrow Protestants will (or really should) observe the event that famously triggered the Reformation. Last October, I blogged about one little German monk (Martin Luther) who stood against corrupted practices and teachings in the Roman Catholic Church because he embraced Scripture’s pronouncement of justification by faith. Because of Luther, as well as other 16th Century Reformers, God has restored the Biblical teaching that believers can be made righteous, not by our own works, but by Jesus’ shed blood on the cross.
Praise the Lord that He used men like Luther, Calvin and Knox to bring us back to the truth that nothing we can do could possibly atone for our sin. Praise Him that, through these Reformers, He brought us back to trusting Christ, rather than our human efforts, for salvation.
As we understand our total inability to do anything in contribution towards our salvation, we realize the preciousness of Jesus. He protects us against our own sin, but also against His judgment of that sin. As today’s marvelous hymn reminds us, we can hide ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ, confident that He has graciously covered our sin with His innocent blood. Luther rejoiced in this magnificent act of the Lord. Could there be a more fitting way to celebrate Reformation Day?