August 28, 2008
And will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:4
Last week, I couldn't find a single news agency that hadn't carried the story of "Bigfoot."
It seems two men, both police officers, claimed to have found the legendary man-ape frozen in a block of ice in Georgia.
They claimed their find would move Bigfoot from the category of legend to being a verified reality.
It turns out they were partially right. When their Bigfoot was thawed, it quickly became apparent he wasn't a legend; he was a hoax.
Bigfoot was nothing more than a rubber suit.
When newsmen tried to contact the men who had made the find, their telephone answering machine said they were looking for leprechauns, the Loch Ness monster, and dinosaurs.
As much as I was amused by the Bigfoot story, I was saddened to realize there are many people who put Jesus' life, death, and resurrection into the same category. As St. Paul wrote to Timothy, when it comes to Christ, many will turn away from the truth and wander off into following myths.
As a person who has been rescued by the Savior's sacrifice, I rejoice that Jesus is no heaven-sent hoax on humanity.
Jesus did live; He did die, and He did rise from the dead on the third day.
The living Savior, who appeared to Peter, James, the 11 disciples, the fishing disciples, and hundreds of disciples, was no fake or fraud, no conman, or charlatan.
Jesus is the real thing; He is the Savior of the world, the Savior we need to forgive us and make us adopted children in the family of faith.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in a world where today's certainty is tomorrow's swindle, I give thanks You can be believed. Please send Your Holy Spirit upon this doubting world so hearts may come to know the gracious truth of Your work of redemption. To that end, dear Lord, please use me. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries