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"Feeding The Masses"

September 28, 2009

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Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35

Those who worry about things are worried about global warming.

When I was growing up, people were worried about mass starvation.

The handwriting was on the wall. The world had too many people that could never be fed. Those nations too impoverished to buy or grow their own food would suffer terribly.

It never happened. Yes, there is starvation and there is hunger, but the mass starvation of hundreds of millions never happened.

Once reason it didn't happen is because the Lord sent us Norman Borlaug.

Born in Iowa, Borlaug was a scientist and a humanitarian. He was also the fellow who really had success with the "green revolution." His studies created grain that grew better and produced more in harsher conditions. It produced a lot more.

There are two reasons why I bring up Norm Borlaug. The first is because, at the age of 95, Borlaug has died. Since Borlaug is responsible for the saving of millions of lives, I thought you ought to know.

The second reason I bring up Borlaug is because I've heard a lot of news people say, "Borlaug has saved more people than anyone else in the history of the world."

Well, them's fighting words to a preacher. Borlaug did do wonderful things for this dying planet, but Borlaug's still small potatoes compared to Jesus.

If you want to talk about lives that have been saved, you have to look to the Son of God -- the Savior of the world. If you want to learn about someone who has changed countless lives, you need to hear of Jesus of Nazareth. You need to hear and believe that Jesus came into this world and gave His life for your life. He died -- so you might live.

And while Borlaug gave us the capacity to make numerous loaves of bread, Jesus was the bread of life, the water of life who forgives, and makes it so believers will never hunger or thirst again.

Jesus didn't give us a green revolution. His is a redemption revolution.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, for sending us people like Norm Borlaug, we are grateful. Their genius is a blessing. Still, our greatest blessing is Your Son, our Savior. Jesus has done what no inventor, and no humanitarian can do: He has given us Himself. He has given us salvation. For this, we give You our thanks. In His Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 43-44    Romans 8:1-21

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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