September 10

 

Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.   John 6:43-44

 

When Jesus said, “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” he wanted to curb human wisdom or reason.  We also should clip the wings of human reason when it comes to Christian doctrine.  God’s Word isn’t the kind of teaching you can grasp with reason.  It doesn’t reach the human heart that way.  The more educated and the more sharpened the reasoning ability of people, the less they understand.  Christian teaching doesn’t appeal to reason.  That’s why our reason complains about it: “I don’t want to take my salvation out of my own hands and throw away all my good works in order to achieve eternal life.  I don’t want to place my hands and set my feet on someone outside of myself, someone who so silly and foolish as to let himself be crucified.  How am I supposed to believe that Jesus is my Savior?”  Reason cannot grasp this.  We must take every thought captive so that it’s obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Jesus is saying, “Stop complaining that I claim to be the bread of heaven.  You want to understand this on your own.  You want to be smarter than I am when you ask, ‘Don’t we know his mother and father?’ But when I tell you how the Father has drawn you to me, it can’t be understood by your reason.  When you hear about how the Father draws you, reason draws you in a different direction.  Those who want to understand these words must close their eyes, shut the gates of reason, and let themselves become like a blind person.”  This is what God wants.  Whoever refuses to be led by god, but instead wants to be led by reason, will be irritated by the message of Jesus and will complain about it.

 

 

Life of Luther

 

Barnas Sears, D.D.

 

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

 

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

 

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