"A Real Redeemer"
February 4, 2013
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27
John Wayne, Sean Connery, Jimmy Stewart, W.C. Fields, Don Knotts and Bette Davis.
All of these Hollywood stars have something in common. You don't have to be looking at the TV screen to know who is talking. The voices of these thespians are unique.
Peter Robbins is such a star. No, his name is not as familiar as those listed above, but if you heard him speak, especially years ago, you would know Robbins as the voice of Charlie Brown in television specials like, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
You remember that voice, don't you?
You remember no matter how many times Charlie Brown was disappointed, no matter how badly he had been mistreated, no matter how many times his pals let him down, the voice of Charlie managed to express a tone of hope for the future.
Of course, that is Charlie Brown and that is in the cartoons. Reality is quite different. Peter Robbins, Charlie's voice, was recently arrested by the San Diego Police. It seems he has been stalking and threatening his former girlfriend. According to authorities, he called this lady 37 times in a 24-hour period and in those calls told her he would kill her and her son if she didn't return his dog and automobile.
It's a disappointing thing when reality is at such a variance with what we hope for and what we want to believe.
Thankfully, that is not the the way it is when it comes to Jesus. When it comes to our Savior, He is exactly who the prophets said He would be. He is who He claims to be.
* When He says He is the Good Shepherd, you can trust that He is. Your confidence in Him will never be misplaced.
* If He says He is the Physician of body and soul, you can believe His claim and rely on Him completely.
* If He says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we know there will never be a time when His words will be found to be false and our dependence in Him misplaced.
Jesus is our Savior; He is our Redeemer; He is the Sacrifice who has won forgiveness and salvation for lost humankind.
Believe Him. His is a voice that will never change.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are many voices that claim to be trustworthy and reliable. May I trust and rely on Jesus, whose entire life is proof of His sincerity and commitment to my salvation. In His Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries