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Light Piercing the Darkness
There was a young ensign once who had
made his first trip on a destroyer across the ocean. The young
man had excellent training and abilities, so he was assigned the
task of taking the destroyer out of the harbor and bringing it
back to the United States.
This was his first opportunity of this
kind, so he wanted to do everything right. So he barked out the
orders, had the deck buzzing with action, and soon everything
moved like a Swiss clock as the destroyer made its way out of
In fact, they were on their way in
record time when someone came to the young officer and said, “You
have a message from the captain.” He thought this rather
strange since it was a radio message. But he read it, and this
is what the captain said: “Young man, you’ve done
an excellent job. You’ve done it with great speed and with
dispatch according to the book. But there is an unwritten rule
that you’ve overlooked. The next time you leave harbor,
make certain the Captain is on board.”
One might make what appears to be impressive
progress. But it would be an unimaginable oversight to leave the
captain back on shore!
In considering the Church of the Middle
Ages, it can be said that the Captain had been left behind. The
Church had wealth, prestige, and power (both religiously and politically);
its ecclesiastical empire had expanded throughout Europe. But
no longer was the Medieval church centered on Christ, obeying
his Word, and spreading his gospel.
In fact, the opposite was taking place:
The truth was being withheld from the people. Therefore, at some
point in history, the church had ceased being the church.
However, in the goodness and providence
of God, a monk by the name of Martin Luther saw the spiritual
abuses of his day and began what, ultimately, became a mighty
reformation. Thus, after centuries of darkness came the light
And now, 500 years later, we are the beneficiaries of that reformation!
It is my hope that you will join us
on Wednesday evenings as we study the fascinating events that
brought about the courageous stand of those who risked their lives
to call the church back to Jesus Christ, its true Head, and to
his living Word.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not
the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast
in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let
him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and
righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares
the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
God forbid that we today should ever
forget the Captain of our salvation – the Lord Jesus Christ
In Him Alone,