October 30, 2017
SERMON: October 29th, 2017 Jack Knight “Here We Stand”
Five hundred years ago on October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany and in doing so provided a light for men and women to come out of their spiritual darkness. We are no different today, as when Martin Luther said in his speech at the Diet of Worms in 1521, “Here I stand and I can do no other, help me Lord Jesus”, that we need to say “here we stand” and know the Word of the living God. Other historical figures as well as everyday men and women make their stand for the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lady Jane Grey, who, being a protestant, was beheaded after nine days as Queen of England and Ireland in 1554, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were both burned at the stake in 1553 where Latimer is quoted as saying ““Be of good comfort, Mr. Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace, in England, as I trust never shall be put out. ” and Hellen Stirke who would not pray to the Virgin Mary after giving birth to her fourth child “having a good sense of Scripture, Hellen repudiated these petitions. It was a tradition she would not follow. Her baffled midwives pressed her to make such a prayer, but she refused the ritual. The physical risk was real, but the prayers were nothing more than superstitious insurance. “If I had lived in the days of the Virgin,” Hellen said with poise, “God might have looked likewise to my humility and base estate, as he did the Virgin’s, and might have made me the mother of Christ.” Her childbed sermonette must have triggered gasps. But Hellen was settled and comforted by her theology, knowing her prayers were going directly to God through her Savior Jesus Christ.” and she was drowned and her husband was hung. Because of the Reformation and the heroes that have come before us, we have freedom to pursue Scripture and stand on the Word of God. Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:30 all proclaim the truth that the righteous shall live by faith. Righteousness is given as a gift from God, one that cannot be bought or earned, to all who believe in the name of Jesus Christ. We are not saved by works, but saved onto good works. These reformers died for this truth and we have to live for this truth.