Luther’s Death

February 18, 1546: Martin Luther dies in Eisleben of an apparent heart attack in the early hours of the morning.

Martin’s health had been a concern of his for years. Long periods of depravation in the monastery had contributed to digestive and kidney problems. Katie had nursed her husband through many bouts of illness but now, not even his doctors could help him. His work in Eisleben had finally been completed even as he lay in his sick bed. His sons Martin and Paul had returned from Mansfeld, where they had been visiting relatives, and were able to be at his side when he died. His final words were “Father into your hands I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, faithful God.” One of his companions then asked him if he would die steadfast in Christ and in the Gospel which he had preached. He answered with a clear, audible, “Yes.”

Shown are the house in Eisleben where Luther died and an artist’s depiction of the room at the time of his death.

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux