You will not find Martin Luther listed as an Old Testament character in the Bible, yet it is important to our Christian education that we reflect back on this man and his work. You see, Luther couldn’t accept that he was going to be saved, no matter how many good things he did. He didn’t understand he was already pardoned, or set free, by Jesus Christ. His struggles continued while living in a monastery. It is there he constantly searched the Bible for an answer. That wonderful passage in Ephesians: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…not by works, so that no man can boast,” finally brought the peace and comfort Luther was seeking.
Reformation taught and lived out by teachers and students in our Lutheran schools today has the same meaning and purpose as it did for Luther in the 1500s. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation! As was Luther, so we too are pardoned by the blood of Jesus. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of all things happening in our instruction. That is why, following Luther’s example, Reformation lived and taught in our schools, youth Bible classes and Sunday school rooms is not just a one-time event, but should be practiced regularly by teachers and students alike.
Christian teachers, DCEs, youth leaders and Sunday school teachers and students of all ages continually lift high the Cross of Christ—not just once in a while, but all the time as teachers of God’s Word direct students back to the Cross for forgiveness and healing. It is this proper application of Law and Gospel ministry that makes our ministry more personable and unique.