Four hundred ninety nine years ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg he wasn’t just making a statement. He wasn’t just stating an opinion or putting forth some pious idea about how things should be in the church. No! Luther was making an assertion the first of which read, “when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ‘repent’ He willed that the whole life of the Christian be one of repentance.” He was following the Savior’s pattern. For when Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus made an assertion. That’s what truth does. That’s what truth is. Truth is an assertion of reality in the face of its denial. Jesus was asserting the truth of His Word and the power of the gospel to set captives free and He was asserting that truth in the face of those who would justify themselves.