February 18, 2017
Today we honor the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther – Reformer. He died at 2:45 a.m., 18 February, 1546, aged 62, in Eisleben, the city of his birth. He was buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg, beneath the pulpit. A piece of paper was later found on which he had written his last statement. The statement was in Latin, apart from “We are beggars,” which was in German. (Wir sind Bettler, das ist wahr”)
By the grace of God, the light of the Reformation was not extinguished with Luther’s passing but continues on today giving glory to Jesus’ bride, the church. Let us not forget the many other reformers, on whose shoulders we stand, who have defended those truths and helped the bride to shine even more gloriously. How grand she is now, adorned with the bridal dress train of the Reformation reflecting how the truth of the Gospel brings hope to us beggars who wear Christ’s robe of righteousness. Let us be also remember to show our gratitude for our pastors who faithfully carry the bride’s train and lead and shepherd us in the those same truths of the Word of God each and every day.