November 29, 2011
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
Do you ever get amazed at the things people will do to see their names appear in the Guinness World Record Book?
I do, but this is one record I didn't mind. Maybe you agree. Let me see how long it takes before you can guess what this record is.
Clue number one - Wishing to celebrate its 100th anniversary, this record was set by Thorntons in Alfreton, Derbyshire, England.
Clue number two - This record weighed in at 12,770 pounds and was 13 feet square.
Clue number three - Although it took months of planning, it was put together by 50 people over a ten-hour period of time.
Do you have it yet?
The record we're talking about is the world's largest chocolate bar. After it was poured it took three days for the thing to cool off.
Of course, there is one little, tiny question: what do you do with a chocolate bar that weighs in at over six tons? The people at Thorntons have thought of that, too. They're going to get a bunch of axes, chop it up, give it to customers and sell it off in pieces to support various charities.
Six tons of chocolate.
Even the most voracious of chocolate addicts would be hard pressed to put a dent in that thing.
This is pretty much the way it is for sinners and God's grace. We all know that each of us sins a lot. Multiply each of our sins by almost six billion people and you've got a mountain of transgressions: a mountain which seems insurmountable ... is insurmountable for folks like us.
But God is not a person like us. His love has no limitations. His grace is beyond calculation.
Because that is so, when Jesus shouldered our sins and took them to the cross, there was no contest. Jesus eliminated those sins, even as He died our death.
With His resurrection He has shown to all the world the insurmountable goodness of God's love.
It is a record which will never be broken. As the Scripture says, "Greater love has no man than this ..." (see John 15:13).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the psalmist said, "Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You ... (Psalm 31:19a). Truly, dear Lord, there is no one who can come close to the goodness and grace You have given to us in our Redeemer. May I always see how wonderful He is and how blessed I am. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries