“For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. … And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…” Hebrews 9:26=28
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth Romans 10:4
“But the end of all things is at hand.” 1 Peter 4:7
Have you ever thought about life this way: it ended before I was born? It ended 2000 years ago when a man shouldered it to ultimate oblivion. That man was Jesus Christ.
What ended? — the cursed life, sin’s nature, death’s reign, the shadowy perspective, the religious searching for God. These all ended at the judgment, the one that Jesus bore.
“It is finished” was His cry, was it not?
Paradoxically, men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil? Evil then obscures certain judicial ends, most prominently the one where God laid on Him (Christ), the iniquity of us all. Jesus didn’t come to judge you and me but to judge what plagues, hinders, and harasses us. Let’s see it clearly.
“Sometime during October 31, 1517, the day before the Feast of All Saints, the 33-year-old Martin Luther posted 99 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The door functioned as a bulletin board for various announcements related to academic and church affairs. ”
“It is this simple reaffirmation of the ancient Christian “good news,” the gospel, that created in the church catholic the reform movement that attracted legions in Germany and other European territories. The movement was propelled by slogans stressing the essentials of Christianity: faith alone (sola fides), grace alone (sola gratia), Christ alone (solus Christus). Christianitytoday
Faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, was the cry of reformation!
Three of the 99 theses spell it out:
- When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance. (a change of mind for life). faith alone?
- “It is vain to trust in salvation by indulgence letters, even though the indulgence commissary, or even the pope, were to offer his soul as security.” grace alone?
- “To say that the cross emblazoned with the papal coat of arms, and set up by the indulgence preachers is equal in worth to the cross of Christ is blasphemy.”Christ alone?
culture-wise, everything is still progressing, it has not skipped a beat or missed a step. God’s Ending repeated by Martin Luther has not interrupted the continuous, bantering, jockeying for position and nerve-wracking competing. People still rebel against God, yes, the One who ended it all with one stroke of judgment, The Bible says, “One died for all, and were all dead.” 2 Corinthians 5:14. They don’t get it. Consider this graph from national college uk.
“The diagram above emphasises the inter-relationships and inter-connectedness of these three dimensions…” and instructs:
- adapt processes as and when necessary to suit the desired change
- recognize that change requires teamwork as well as leadership
- work with the culture of the organisation
- communicate effectively in order to give coherence to the three dimensions. nationalcollege.org.uk
First, we are not criticizing this institution or it’s work.
but “Progressivism” goes this way: ” As a philosophy, it is based on
- the Idea of Progress,
- which asserts that advancements in science,
- economic development, and
- social organization
are vital to the improvement of the human condition.
What happened to Jesus’ improvement of the human condition? Did He die in vain?
What to do?
” meddle not with them that are given to change:” Proverbs_24:21
Meddle means; to braid, that is, intermix; technically to traffic (as if by barter); also to give or be security (as a kind of exchange).
Friends, the simplicity of what Christ did 2000 years ago supersedes anything accomplished by social change, religious duty, or competitions of sorts.
He reinstated a man or woman’s liberty, authority, and security; He brought love, joy and peace, He brought to an end ultimate bondage and shame.
He saved our souls for eternity!! Thanks, Martin Luther for your gutsy stand for Freedom! love ya