SOTHLC is Celebrating Reformation Day on Oct 28th

Reformation Day is a liturgical festival that Lutherans celebrate commemorating Dr. Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.  This act triggered the movement in world history known as “The Reformation.”  While the historical date for remembering the Reformation is October 31st, most churches celebrate it on the last Sunday in October.

Martin Luther came to understand that if we had to earn salvation by our efforts, we would be fully without hope.  But Luther reemphasized and brought out in its fullness that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again to redeem and make us righteous.  As Luther wrote in his explanation of the Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord.  He is true God, born of the Father in eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary.  He has freed me, a lost and condemned creature, acquired and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil–not with silver or gold, but with His holy and precious blood, and with His innocent suffering and death.  All this He has done that I may be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity.

This is most certainly true.