"Getting Worn Down"
September 22, 2015
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus. Acts 3:19-20
I lose things.
On a regular basis I lose my wallet, my car keys, my glasses, the checkbook, and my mind. Even so, I don't feel that badly. After all, these are small things and can be misplaced easily. In contrast to my loss of little stuff, I point to the fact that California seems to have lost a blue whale.
Yup, that's a full-grown blue whale ... a whale about 80 feet long ... a whale weighing in about 158 tons ... a whale that is part of the species that is the biggest the Lord has ever put on His earth. To make it even easier to spot, this particular blue whale is towing about 200 feet of line, along with an attached buoy. That is a lot of line and, along with that floatation equipment, it can kill even a massive blue whale.
Now I don't want you to think I am coming down hard on the folks in California. I'm not.
Those folks out west are very ecology-minded and have enlisted boats, planes and helicopters to find this big beastie. Even so, that whale has proven to be incredibly illusive.
Peter Wallerstein, president of nonprofit Marine Animal Rescue summed up the situation by saying, "We're having to look all over for it." Wallerstein continued, "It (that is, the whale) appeared healthy, if a little thin, but it can't drag that line forever. Eventually, it's going to get tired out and die."
Now less you missed it, Wallerstein's words also give a warning to human beings.
That warning is this: you may be big; you may be strong; you may be rich, powerful, beautiful, handsome, influential, famous, and any other adjective you can think of. Yes, you can be any or all of those things, but you can't drag your sins behind you forever. Like that whale, those sins will burden you and they will eventually kill you.
This is why, like that blue whale, you need some help.
What you need is to have somebody get in the water near you and cut that line. Thankfully, that job has already been done. God's Son, our Savior, came into this world and lived with us for decades. Through His fulfillment of the prophecies, by His resisting of temptation, and the carrying of our sins to the cross, Jesus has cut the sins, which bound us.
At the cost of saving us, Jesus gave His life. It was the price He was willing to pay.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks Jesus has cut me free of my sin. Now may I do all I can to share that news with others who are still carrying that damning weight. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries