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Daily Reformation, John 10:22-30

From the Reformer

The secret was strictly kept. For several months even John, the Elector’s brother, did not know Luther’s abode, and thought that he was in one of Sickingen’s castles. Conflicting rumors went abroad, and found credence among the crowds who gathered in public places to hear the latest news. Some said, He is dead; others, He is imprisoned, and cruelly treated. Albrecht Dürer, the famous painter, who was at that time at Antwerp, and esteemed Luther as “a man enlightened by the Holy Spirit and a confessor of the true Christian faith,” entered in his diary on Pentecost, 1521, the prayer that God may raise up another man in his place, and fill him with the Holy Spirit to heal the wounds of the Church.

—Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church

Pulling It Together

You will never perish. When things seem to have gotten their very worst, the Shepherd is still in control of his sheep. Some may say you are dead, as they said of Christ and of Luther. Whatever rumors swirl around your name, you are kept, safely still and at peace, in the fold of the Lamb.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers


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