Good Morning Everyone,

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. – Psalm 62:1-2

Martin Luther, in 1552, wrote, “I ask that men make no reference to my name and call themselves not Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? St. Paul would not allow Christians to call themselves Pauline or Petrine. How then should I, a poor evil-smelling maggot sack have men give to the children of Christ my worthless name?”

Luther did know how to turn a phrase!

Martin Luther was most concerned with using scripture to point people to Jesus.  God’s grace, found only in Christ Jesus, is the salvation of the world, of believers everywhere.  In Christ alone do we find the redemption of our sins through his sacrifice on the cross.  Christ died once for all.  When He spoke the words, “It is finished.”  The atonement for sin had been paid.  From now and forever, believers have the promise and assurance of God’s grace and forgiveness.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9.

This grace and forgiveness are extended to everyone who believe on the name of Jesus.  There is no one so broken that God will turn them away because of their sin.  The Holy Spirit working through God’s Word, along with the means of grace, can bring you to repentance and faith in God’s promise of salvation through Christ alone.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:1-6.

“This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied Himself of His righteousness that He might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and He has taken our evils upon Himself that He might deliver us from them. Learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to pray to Him and, despairing of yourself, say, “Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is Thine. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what Thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not.” – Martin Luther.

11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12.

Today, as you consider God’s Word, as you believe in Christ Jesus, your Savior, your risen Lord, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.

Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, you promise that blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. It’s a promise we cling to Father, when the loss of a loved one is over-whelming, we have assurance from you of salvation through Christ. And we know from your Word, that those who die in the Lord will be with you in heaven for all eternity. Thank you Lord for that comfort and hope we share with all believers that though we mourn their loss now, it is only temporary until we are raised imperishable to eternal glory. Be with us Father as we cling to your promises and praise and bless you for your grace and salvation won by the death and resurrection of your Son, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.

May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.

In His Service,

Joel