Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I'm getting old.
I can remember when Ronald McDonald used to chase the Hamburgler who was trying to steal French fries. Recent commercials show Ronald playing bongos and the Hamburgler ... well, he has simply disappeared -- or maybe he was tried, convicted and is serving time in some fast-food jail.
If that isn't bad enough, now I've been told Burger King is dead.
No, the restaurant lives on. It's that mascot-like character with the oversize plastic mask that has gone the way of all flesh. It's true. From now on the commercials of the hamburger joint are going to feature food and not the Burger King.
Quite frankly, I'm a little bit glad. That guy creeped me out ... just a little.
When asked for a reason, one of Burger King's senior vice-presidents said, "Our consumers tell us they love our great-tasting, high-quality food, and that's exactly what we're featuring in our new marketing and advertising."
Once again the words of St. Paul have proven to be true: the old is gone; the new has come.
Of course, we both know that St. Paul wasn't referring to the mascots of burger franchises when he wrote those words. He was talking about us.
He wanted us to realize that when Jesus enters a person's heart that individual is transformed. The sins, the worries, the evil, the helplessness and hopelessness of the past are ... well, they are past. Because of the forgiveness Jesus has won for us, we have become new.
No, we don't always feel new and we don't always feel changed.
But that is our shortcoming, not the Lord's.
Every day He holds out to us potentials and possibilities. He promises strength to proceed with our days and courage to face what that day will bring. Even more, there is forgiveness for our failings and a vision of an unmarred eternity in heaven.
In us the old has gone and the new has come, and for that we give thanks in prayer.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, once I was in darkness, once I was lost, once I was condemned. Now, because of the sacrifice made by the crucified and risen Savior, I have been transformed. No longer do sin, death and devil have hold on me. I am a new creature: a creation of Your grace. May I realize, remember and live accordingly. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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