To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32

A wandering soul climbs to the top of a mountain in search of a bearded guru. The searcher has traveled the world seeking enlightenment and is just about to meet the wise old man with the flowing white beard, sitting serenely on the mountain’s peak. The long expensive trip has been worth it because, it is said, the wizened teacher knows the meaning of life. What will he say?

Have you been searching? Maybe you haven’t climbed to the top of a mountain, but who of us hasn’t wondered about the meaning of life? Who of us hasn’t longed for enlightenment?

This week we will celebrate and thank God for someone who rediscovered for the world the meaning of life. That person is Martin Luther. He was not the one who came up with the meaning of life or even figured it out. He did, however, know the right place to look for enlightenment from God. He went to the Bible. There he discovered the meaning of life and offered it to people, as God does, freely.

Instead of looking to a guru on a mountaintop, you can go to the Bible and find life’s answers. There you can find enlightenment, as Martin Luther did. There you will find Jesus, who also climbed a mountain. He climbed the mountain called “Calvary” where he offered his life as the atoning sacrifice for everyone in the world, including you and me.

Here is where your true enlightenment will begin—at the Lord’s cross of salvation. As you read and learn more, your knowledge will grow and you will find comfort and peace. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, then you are indeed my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  That is wonderful and powerful and true enlightenment.

Dear God, you have given me your truth – the truth of God! Help me and lead me to look to it for answers, for comfort, for guidance, for all that you offer. Amen.

In Preparation for Worship: 
Daniel 3:16-28
Jeremiah 18:1-11

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