July 6, 2023 | Martin Luther – Day 1



“We sustained a hurt through Adam’s fall. Through it all of us are tainted with sins and subject to death. But greater than this hurt is the blessing we receive through Christ. He became man Himself in order to redeem us from sin and death.”

Martin Luther


There’s probably no better way to start a series of devotions then to be reminded of the great gift we have received through Jesus Christ. Instead of getting what our sins have deserved, eternal damnation without God, we have been ransomed through the sacrifice of God’s only Son so that we might enjoy the benefits of heaven with God for an eternity, where there is no more suffering and death.


Martin said that those who place their hope and trust in God have been redeemed. Romans 3:23-26 makes it clear, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”


Because our God is a just God, the penalty for sin had to be satisfied. Since we, in our sinful nature, could never measure up, He loved us enough to send His Son to redeem us (to pay the price). By God’s grace alone, He sent His Son to satisfy the debt that we could never pay. Though once condemned, through grace we have been set free from condemnation so that we might become part of God’s own family and heirs to His kingdom.


Today, take a step back. Take the time to contemplate this most precious gift. Write a letter of thanks to God and keep it as a reminder of all you have been given. Give yourself time to think of the blessings to come through faith.


Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for not giving up on us. Help us to realize what an amazing gift we have received that will allow us to leave this world of struggle to a new and better world with You as the source of our light and life. Forgive us for our shortcomings and help us to honor You in all we do. Amen.