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April 16, 1521: Bundschuh

Luther: In Real Time

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

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🗓️ 16 April 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


airport the small two-wheeled oxcar rounds a bend and visible just ahead is the


city of Verse. Armstorf Elbow's 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 on the morning sun. Verms is an imperial free city


unfettered by the interference of local rulers and accountable only to the


holy Roman Emperor himself. Sturm, the imperial herald 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 airport. 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 woodcuts of Luther others reach out to try and


touch up. 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 the Stonewall


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 would be watching and listening. This stomach churns as the


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