The Reformation Continues

Based on: Jeremiah 18:1-11

Just north of Zhengzhou, China there is a road cut into the side of a cliff.  It is less than a mile long and only about twelve feet wide with a wall of rock on one side and a sudden drop of hundreds of feet on the other side.  It is called “The road that does not tolerate any mistakes”.  It sounds like the title fits, don’t you think?  On a road like that you have to constantly watch where you are going.  You must always be careful to stay on the road.  The Reformation is like that.  The Reformation is a constant vigilance concerning God’s Word to make sure we stay on the road.  We dare not think of the Reformation as an event in the past.  No, the Reformation continues.

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You Were Set Free to Remain Free

Based on: Galatians 5:1-6

Were you ever a slave?  The Israelites knew what slavery was like.  They were slaves in Egypt, but the Lord set them free with some awesome miracles.  Can you imagine the rejoicing that went on the day they became free?  After generations of slavery the taste of freedom must have been sweet!  Yet, it wasn’t long before the Israelites were complaining, "If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted.”  They even said, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."  How ungrateful! After all God had done to free them from slavery they wanted to go back!  We can’t understand how they could say that . . . or can we?  Isn’t there a part of us, the old Adam, the old man, the sinner in us that wants to reject the freedom Christ won for us and go back to slavery to sin and follow that cruel slave master, Satan?  Brothers and sisters in Christ, Christ made you free.  Remain free in Christ!  Slavery destroys our freedom and this freedom we have is good.

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God’s Reformation

Based on: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Today we celebrate the Reformation.  Let’s take a look at the word reformation.  That word carries with that the idea that you are changing something for the better, and not just that you are changing something, but you are changing it back to what it once was.  You are removing the problems that were not there originally.  You are removing faults or abuses that came about over time.  That is the sense in which the word reform is used when someone talks about reforming a criminal or someone with an addiction.

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