February 5, 2013
And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus .... Acts 13:32-33a
How would you feel if you bought a dozen eggs and there were only 11 in the carton? How would you react if you purchased a dozen doughnuts and the bag held only 11?
Would you feel gypped? Hornswoggled? Duped and Deceived?
If so, you can understand why people in New Jersey and Chicago have begun a class-action suit against Subway® sandwiches. One of the men went to 17 different restaurants and found that not a single one of the foot-long sandwiches he bought measured a full foot long. Most of the meals came in somewhere around 11 inches.
The argument is this: a sandwich which is an inch short may not be a big deal, but when you multiply that inch by millions of sandwiches sold, it is a nasty bit of false advertising.
Maybe those fellows have a point.
Maybe we shouldn't be so accepting of manufacturers' untrue claims. Maybe Subway ought to state, "A foot-long sandwich may fall somewhat short of being a foot long." Yes, I know it loses its ring, but the advertising and the sandwich would match up, and the company would be keeping their promise.
Truth in advertising.
Have you ever given thanks to the Lord that the things He has said, the claims He has made, the promises He has offered are true? It is a quality which makes the Triune God -- and Christianity -- unique.
Consider how many other deities have said, "I will send my Son into this world to become a human being. He will live for you; He will suffer for you; He will carry your sins, and He will die your death. All this will happen, so all who believe on Jesus will be forgiven of their sins and be reconciled with Me"?
Only Christianity can make such a claim. Only Christianity can say, "We have good news. The promises our divine Lord made to Adam, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have come to pass in the life, death and victorious resurrection of God's Son, Jesus. Only our faith can say God has kept His promises because Jesus, having lived a perfect life, was condemned and crucified on Calvary's cross. Only our faith can say, "A risen Christ is proof that God has not advertised
Yes, our faith can say those things, and each of us ought to be saying those things. We need to tell a lost and condemned world that the Lord, His Word, His Son's sacrifice and victory are true and can be believed.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks Your Word is true and can be believed. I rejoice that Holy Scripture contains no false advertising. Now may I point the unbelieving world toward the Savior who alone is God's fulfilled promise, who offers salvation. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries