September 30

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16

 

Someone might ask: “How is it possible for the Son of man to save us and give us eternal life?”  Another might ask: “How could God allow his only Son to be crucified?” Certainly it’s reasonable to say that the Son of Man died on the cross, but to say that a man can give us eternal life doesn’t make sense.  It also doesn’t seem reasonable to God would let his own Son die for the world.  But we must remember that when we speak about Christ, we are not speaking about a mere human being, but one person with two natures – human and divine.  All of the characteristics attributed to these two natures can be found in this one person, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we can say that the Son of Man created heaven and earth, and we can also say that the Son of God created heaven and earth.  We shouldn’t divide Christ into two separate natures, as the heretics do.  They claim that it wasn’t the Son of God, but only Mary’s son, who suffered and died for us.

This passage, however, clearly states that God gave his Son for the world.  When Christ was handed over to Pilate to be crucified and was led by Pilate to the judgment hall, Pilate took hold of the hand of not only a human being, but also God.   That’s why Paul said that if the people of Jerusalem had known, they wouldn’t have crucified the Lord of glory – the one all creation adores (1Corinthians 2:8).  Therefore, it was not only the Son of Man, but also God’s Son who was conceived by Mary, suffered and died, was buried, descended into hell, and was raised again from the dead.

 

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

 

In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world. In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms; Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther’s stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.

 

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