October 18

 

Thomas said to him, “Lord,we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:5-6

 

Thomas thought it was strange that Christ was saying, “You know the way to the place where I am going,” when Jesus had said nothing about where he was going.  Thomas was thinking in simple and concrete terms.  He was envisioning a road that a person takes from one city to another or a path that a person walks on.  The disciples were saying, “We don’t know the way.  We don’t even know through which city you’re planning to leave.  How can we know the way?”

Christ replied to their worldly thoughts, “Here’s what I mean:  You know the way.  In other words, you know the person who is the Way – me.  For you see me and know that I am the Christ, your Lord and Savior.  You are my disciples, for you have heard my message and have seen my miracles.  Since you know me, you also know the way and everything else you need to know.”

This is remarkable.  All our teaching and faith should center and depend on Christ.  Setting aside all of our wisdom and skill, we should know nothing except the crucified Christ (1 Corinthians 2:2).  From God’s perspective, the highest wisdom and knowledge above all other wisdom and knowledge is to truly know this person Christ.  We come to God through Christ alone.

 

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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