The sound of Martin Luther nailing the 95 thesis on the door of the Wittenberg Church. Why? Because the church had forgotten Jesus as the savior. They were teaching people they could buy forgiveness of sins, or a few prayers would erase sins or that a few good deeds would bring forgiveness. The church felt they could say and do what they wanted and that God would be OK with it. God was not so the Holy Spirit opened the heart and mind of Luther to the truth and Luther just had to remind them there is only on way of salvation and that was through……
The sound of the nails being hammered into the hands and feet of Jesus to the cross. Jesus whose death would bring the forgiveness and hope to a people mislead in every age by those who would misuse the words of God for their own personal gain in money and societal stature. For those who would presume to speak for God but yet burden oth-ers in ways God never intended and were speaking not for God but for their own personal gain.
The sound of Jesus knocking at the door of our hearts wanting to be received and welcomed to stay as a permanent and important part of a person’s life. Jesus said: "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke. 11:9-10) But now it is Jesus who is knocking persistently. Do you hear him? Do you let him in?
If you have ever seen the picture of Jesus knocking at the closed door look closely. There is no doorknob on his side of the door in almost all of these pictures. Where there is a knob or latch you will see no keyhole so Jesus can-not let himself in. For Jesus to get in on must open the door from the inside. In some doors there is a peephole or window. If you saw Jesus standing there would let him in?
Luther’s only intention was to bring the message of salvation back to where it truly belonged and it be-longed solely to Jesus. For that message Luther was attacked by the church of his time and denied communion where one meets Jesus head on. (excommunication) Denied his Savior and threatened with death for not toeing the “party line.” De-nied for not abandoning his ordination vows taken on the altar of God and replacing them with earthly greed and false teaching. Denied for telling the truth about Jesus and God’s salvation through the cross.
When we knock at Jesus’ door with a prayer request we want the door opened for us. Jesus promised to answer our request (even if we do not agree with the answer) so why do we not open the door when Jesus knocks at our hearts to love and follow him? Jesus never stops knocking-ever!
We remember the Reformation not for Luther himself but the message to “reform” our lives to follow Jesus as his disciple and not to depend on our works and money to get us to eternal life. Are we willing to open the front door to Jesus or will we continue to sneak out the back door hoping Jesus won’t see us preferring the ways of the world over him?
Have you answered yet?