May 2

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

This is the first time that John called the Word the only Son of the Father.  You might have wondered who the Word was when John said, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1).  “Through him all things were made” )v. 3), and “In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (v. 4).  In this passage you can see that the Word, who existed with the Father from eternity and is the light for humanity, is God’s only Son. The Word alone is the Son, and no one else.  Now we know what John meant when he used the tern Word.  From verse 14 on, John will speak plainly about Christ’s kingdom.  Up t this point, he spoke with strange and unusual words.  They weren’t clear in any language. But now he says, “The Word is the one and only Son.”

God also has many other children. However, he has only one Son through whom he created everything.  The other children are not the Word through whom everything was created.  Rather, these children were created through this only Son, who is coequal Creator of heaven and earth with the Father.  All the others became children through the Son.  The Word alone is, as Paul states, the only “Son of God” (Romans 1:4).  Through him, God makes and rules all things.

We must hold this passage from the book of John in the highest honor.  We should comfort ourselves with it in times of sorrow and temptation.  We should hold on to it in faith, because it reminds us that we are children of God.

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 Luthers 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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