Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday

The Message That Changes the World

What does the angel mean when it says, “Fear God and give Him glory”, and how can this message be eternal “Good News”?  That is what “gospel” means, after all:  Good news. 

“Fear God” – a message of repentance.  None of us really fear God without turning away from our sinful belief that we can earn our own salvation.  “And give Him glory” – a message of forgiveness.  For what is His glory?  His reputation is one of peace, mercy and love. 

What does this have to do with the Reformation?  Martin Luther’s message then was, at root, the same as that of the angel.  The Roman church had drifted away from the good news of salvation and switched to one of works-righteousness. In their message, created by man, one could buy or work their way to heaven.

But God’s message – the message that changed the world – is filled with grace, mercy, and love. His message is the incredible gift of forgiveness — a gift that could never be bought or earned.

It is this truth we celebrate today.

Today’s sermon text is from Revelation 14,

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

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