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"Perfect is 100 Percent"

November 23, 2009

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He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:22-24


There are 87 countries around the world dealing with the problem of undetonated landmines.

Because of those mines, countless animals are crippled and fertile fields are left uncultivated and unproductive. Far, far worse, every year, tens of thousands of people are murdered and maimed by those hidden explosives.

So, what to do?

Over the years, alternatives have been proposed to replace individuals being used to de-mine a field. That list includes -- but is not limited to -- mine-sniffing rats; giant pieces of machinery, which flail the ground with chains; and bombs, whose detonation has the ability to set off an entire field of mines.

Of course, there's always the nagging question, "Suppose we missed a mine?" Before any of us go out into a field, we'll want to know that field is 100 percent mine free.

Thankfully, there is a new product which some say will help. The BBC reports science has come up with bacteria, which turns green when it is near a mine. Amazing! Mix the bacteria in a solution, spray it on a field, and in a few hours, wherever there is a mine, the bacteria will glow a bright green.

That's what the story says. What I want to know is this: Who is going to be the first person to walk across that field? Who is going to gamble his life believing the bacteria got 100 percent of the mines?

As for me, while I think those bacteria may be really, really good at their job, I simply don't think they'll get every one of those mines -- every single time.

The only person we can trust that completely is the Savior. Because His life was 100 percent sin free, because He resisted Satan's temptations 100 percent of the time, because He carried 100 percent of our sins to the cross -- we can believe in Him as our Savior.

Jesus isn't a partway, half-time Savior. When He gave up the ghost, He was 100 percent dead and in His resurrection He is absolutely alive. This makes Him the Redeemer who can be relied upon 100 percent of the time.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, how wonderful it is to be able to trust You. In this world there are many dangers, many difficulties and fears. The horrors of this world seem almost invincible. This is why I give thanks You have won the victory for me. Through Your perfect work, I am saved and will be brought through the minefields of this world. I give You thanks. 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: Ezekiel 20-21    2 Timothy 4

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