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April 16, 1521: Bundschuh [Rebroadcast]

Luther: In Real Time

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.92K Ratings

🗓️ 10 December 2021

⏱️ 8 minutes

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Nine days after leaving Erfurt, Martin Luther arrives in the city of Worms. Today, the cries of revolt rise, reminding Luther that he will soon be standing before the most powerful individual in all Europe--alone.

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April 16th, 1521. Finally, nine days after leaving Airfield, a small two-wheeled


box cart rounds a bend and visible just ahead is the city of Verbs. Armstorf elbows his


drowsy friend in the ribs and Luther sits all-top right together they watch the


city moving slowly into view. The Roman fortifications, the twin circular


towers of St. Peter's Cathedral, the Rhine River glittering in the morning sun.


Verbs is an imperial free city unfettered by the interference of local rulers and


accountable only to the Holy Roman Emperor himself.


Sturm, the imperial heralds just ahead of them signals to them both.


A troop of Saxon knights are sent out by Luther's protector Frederick the wise


to escort them into the city far more men at arms than greeted them at Airfield.


They enter the city gates at 10 a.m. This is unlike anything they've seen on


their 14-day journey from Vittenburg. Thousands of people line the streets.


Some are selling Luther's books, some run alongside the wagon, some wave wood cuts of


Luther others reach out to try and touch them. Feeling self-conscious, Luther raises an


awkward hand in acknowledgement. God bless you. God bless you.


But then, a different sound begins to emerge from the crowd, echoing back and forth


between your stone and houses.


Some in the crowd are chanting Bunchu, the name of the wooden clock worn by the farmers.


Over time, the word has taken on a more ominous meaning. It had become a rallying


cry of the German peasantry, a cry of revolt.


Luther grips the edge of the cart, he wishes they would stop. The emperor and the cardinals


will be watching and listening. The stomach churns as the cathedral rises high above him.


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