I didn’t even know such a day existed until this week. Reformation Day is a religious holiday that recalls the beginning of the Reformation on Oct 31, the day in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door. David Mathis has an interesting post showing that Luther never forgot his desperate need for the cross.
The truth of Luther’s first thesis would reverberate throughout his lifetime, even finding expression in his last words.
His first thesis reads,
When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.
All of the Christian life is repentance. Turning from sin and trusting in the good news that Jesus saves sinners aren’t merely a one-time inaugural experience but the daily substance of Christianity. The gospel is for every day and every moment. Repentance is to be the Christian’s continual posture.
Almost 30 years later, on February 16, 1546, Luther’s last words, written on a piece of scrap paper, echoed the theme of his first thesis:
We are beggars! This is true.
From first thesis to last words, Luther lived at the foot of the cross, where our rebellious condition meets with the beauty of God’s lavish grace in the gospel of his Son—a gospel deep enough to cover all the little and massive flaws of a beggar like Luther and beggars like us.
Here is a smart rap video about the 95 theses. They also have the words posted on the site if you don’t want to wait for the video to upload.