In addition to being the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, November 10 is also important for Christians of the Lutheran persuasion because today is Martin Luther’s birthday (1483). The following is a commemorative sermon by the Rev. Dr. John Stephenson given at Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Catherine’s, Ontario in commemoration of Luther’s birth.
The following sermon was preached by Rev. Dr John Stephenson in the seminary’s Martin Luther Chapel for a divine service on the occasion of Martin Luther’s birthday.
Commemoration of Martin Luther
10 November 2015
St John 6:52-69
Words are decidedly dangerous things, which is why policemen warn those they arrest that, “Anything you say may be taken down and used in evidence against you.” It’s bad enough when foolish or unguarded words get you in trouble with earthly authorities, but all of us have a courtroom appointment looming ahead, although we are uncertain about the date: “After death comes judgement” (Heb 9:27b) and “We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Cor 5:10). Clever and unscrupulous people can to some extent pull the wool over the eyes of earthly authorities, but there will be no escape when Jesus’ gaze meets yours, there will be no sassy comeback…
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