On the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protest

This month we remember Martin Luther’s publication of his 95 theses or complaints against the Catholic Church which launched the Protestant Reformation and opened the eyes of many people to God’s forgiveness.

Here are the historical events that led to our salvation by Grace.

God created mankind. They sinned. Mankind was separated from God spiritually.  God became man, Jesus of Nazareth. He was born without sin and lived without sin, the only person in history to do so. God became our substitute in paying the penalty of our sin. His humanness was sacrificed on a cross for you and I, a righteous man for sinful mankind. And now God desires for each of us to understand that He loved us so much as to suffer and die for us and He desires that we accept that work of forgiveness.

So many people think they will make it to heaven based on their good works.  But Martin Luther found out the truth about our forgiveness. We are not forgiven by our works, we are forgiven and saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, repentance and simple trust.

Many people think since  “I’m a pretty good person, I think God will let me into heaven.  I’m certainly not as bad as some.” But the good news today is you will never be able to earn your salvation, it’s a gift.

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior  – God will change your heart (attitude) about living in sin which is true repentance.  Then we need to simply trust Him as you would trust a parachute when jumping out of an airplane. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”

There is no other way to eternal life. Will you accept Him in prayer right now?

I hereby declare today, like Martin Luther, that Jesus Christ saves us by His Grace as we turn to Him in faith, repentance and trust.