August 11, 2011
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and she ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
If you ever want to see some fur fly, all you need to do is say, "Our state fair has the biggest state fair in the country."
But size isn't the only part of their state fair that people like to brag about.
They'll fight about who has the best state fair, who has the most fun state fair, who has the most educational state fair and, of course, there is always who has the most interesting, fattening, really bad-for-you food.
Let's see, Wisconsin has chocolate-covered bacon on a stick. Texas has fried beer. Massachusetts offers fried jelly beans, and North Carolina has a "koolickle." (You probably could guess, but I'll tell you anyway: a koolickle is a pickle soaked in Kool-Aid.)
To my way of thinking, this year the food to beat is the "Big Kahuna Donut Burger" being served up at the New York State Fair. For a little more than five dollars you can get a quarter-pound hamburger sandwiched between halves of a grilled, glazed donut.
Add a few extras like a little cheese, some bacon, lettuce, onion, relish and you've just gulped down 1,500 calories. That should provide enough energy to see the entire New York State Fair -- with Connecticut and Rhode Island thrown in for free.
Now we all know that such things aren't all that good for us, but sometimes we just can't help taking a big, juicy bite from the temptation which has been placed before us: sort of like Eve and Adam, sort of like all of their children.
There is no doubt about it: out there somewhere is a temptation with our name on it. Satan and the world have spent considerable time putting together the proper list of ingredients which -- when presented at the right time and in the right manner -- will tempt our spiritual palate and seduce us into sinning.
We are sinners. This means we need a Savior.
No, we don't need a Savior from the Big Kahuna Donut Burger; we need a Savior from sin, our sins, all of them.
It is to be that Savior which motivated God's Son to enter this world. He came to be our Savior because He was the only One who could do the job. Only He could resist temptation; only He could fulfill the Commandments; only He was big enough, powerful enough and holy enough to pick up our sins and pay their price upon the cross.
His third-day resurrection from the dead is our assurance that all who believe on Him as Savior will be forgiven, freed and given life eternal.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for sending Your Son to be my Savior from sin, I give thanks. May I resist temptation and glorify His Name. It is in His Holy Name I pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries