October. A month that has come to be better known as the month of Halloween festivities. Children dress up in costumes imitating their favorite TV characters and super heroes. Others go for ghosts, goblins, zombies, etc. But, far from what we may think of it now, what is Halloween really about? The answer to that is for another time, another blog. Today I want to share something inspiring, something uplifting.
While thousands of people celebrate fiction and ancient, and non-uplifting traditions, today Christendom prepares to commemorate the 496th anniversary of one of its most important dates; October 31, 1517.
This was the day when Martin Luther (the German Monk) presented the “The Ninety Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” Contradicting the position of the popular church in the Middle Age, Martin Luther stated that sin could only be forgiven by placing our faith in Jesus Christ, and never by any other means.
The liberty that we enjoy today, of being able to worship in the denomination of our choice, of not being forced into worshipping as the “establishment,” dictates, is largely because a long time ago, one man came to the understanding that Jesus alone saves. God used one man, at the right time, to bring back to life a biblical truth that had been forgotten, and buried. In a dark era, the light of Jesus shone, through one man who studied the Bible.
Today, we also live in a “dark time.” Mankind, in general, tries to find “salvation,” of its social ailments (crime, injustice, corruption, divorce, insanity, mental disorders, etc.) through many different means: a fair judicial system, psychiatric meds, good university education, a good job opportunity, marrying the right person, attending the right church, etc. However, the truth expressed 496 years ago, and that had been expressed around 2,000 years before, still remains true today: only one man can save us.
“The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (Jn. 1:29) “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.” (Jn. 14: 6) “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Today, God can bring light to the dark circumstances of your life, and your world, through one man, because only one man, can deliver true salvation from and within, all our difficulties and hardships. That man is Jesus Christ. He promises the greatest freedom of all: spiritual, mental and physical.
So, how about this October 31st, instead of dressing up like someone or something, that at the most is a passing fad, we dress up in the grace of God? How can you do this? Open the Bible, and start reading it; soon you will be told by God himself: he promises, you will not be disappointed!