December 22

 

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11

 

No matter where you’re reading in the Bible, faith is the first mystery you should recognize.  Faith is not believing that the story you’re reading is true as written.  That does nothing for anyone.  Even believers can believe that this Bible story about Jesus’ birth is true.  Faith is not a natural work apart from God’s grace, as the Scripture clearly teaches.  Rather, the right kind of faith, the kind that flows from grace and that God’s Word demands, is firmly believing that Christ was born for you.   His birth is yours and occurred for your benefit.

For the gospel teaches that Christ was born for our benefit and that everything he did and suffered was for us  As the angel says here, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born for all of us.

The angel doesn’t say, “A Savior was born,” but rather “A Savior has been born to you.”  In the same way, he doesn’t say, “I have good news, “but rather “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  This joy is for everyone who has this kind of faith.

 

 

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

 

95 Theses are reproduced in their entirety, with an introduction and explanatory notes to aid readers in discerning the significance of Luther’s call to reformation.

The Ninety-Five Theses is a text that everyone knows, most refer to, but few actually read, writes Stephen Nichols. Nevertheless, it is such a crucial text that it deserves to be read widely. Toward that end, Nichols has prepared this edition with an illuminating introduction, explanatory notes, and several illustrations. Martin Luther has left a legacy that continues to enrich the church through his writings. . ., writes Nichols. All of this may be traced back to the last day in October 1517 and the nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door.

 

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