It’s October 2017- five hundred years since Martin Luther took a stand by telling the truth. Martin Luther stood up to the religious and political powers of his time so that everyone could know the truth. The truth of the gospel - God’s love through Jesus Christ has already done everything to save us- had been obscured by false teachings and corrupt practices in the Holy Roman Empire. Martin Luther saw that people were suffering spiritually because of this corruption and lying, and he did something about it. He stood up for the truth!
What is the truth? It’s a question we often find ourselves asking whether we are making a minor decision or allying ourselves with a major cause. We believe that the truth is not a proposition, but a person. Jesus Christ most fully reveals God’s truth. Jesus made two statements about truth:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” – John 14
“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” – John 8
Reading the Gospels- the story of Jesus- reveals everything we need to know about who God is and what God wants for us. So if you want to know the truth, look to Jesus. Martin Luther looked to Jesus for the truth, and it set him free. Same goes for you, for me, and for our community - Midvale Community Lutheran Church. If the truth that sets us free is a person rather than a proposition, then Christ’s body - the church - is a community that lives to set people free. Midvale Community Lutheran goes about being set free by gathering at worship to receive forgiveness and hear God’s word for today, by learning about Jesus through the many educational opportunities offered throughout the week and on Sundays, by serving our neighbor through the Second Chance Apartment program,the Porchlight meals served, by supporting the Dane County Jail Ministry, and other social ministries we support. We go about being set free by loving and serving our neighbors in our Monday-Friday worlds. And, finally, we go about being set free by taking time each year to remember and celebrate the core of what Martin Luther began 500 years ago - Freedom in Christ!
Let God’s love in Christ set you free!