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“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.”
While driving along the highway, I found myself behind a car with a bumper sticker which said, “Vote for ‘So and So’ —The Man You Can Trust.”
In this day of “gaps”, and especially the “credibility gap,” I can see why this politician chose that particular slogan. His hope was that the voters in his district would think of him as a man they could believe, one who would make good on every promise he gave.
I know nothing about this particular politician, but I am acquainted with Someone who can be trusted — a Man with a perfect record and who has the praise and endorsement of God Himself — one who keeps His word. It is the Lord Jesus Christ.
After examining the Savior, Pilate declared, “I find no fault in him.” And Judas, following his horrible deed, cried out in remorse, “I have betrayed innocent blood.” God the Father expressed His approval of Him, for at His baptism a voice came from Heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
We should also believe what He said, for He predicted that He would die and rise again the third day — and He did! His resurrection was proof that He was everything He claimed to be — truly the Son of Man, and truly the Son of God. It was a declaration that He had fully paid for the sins of the whole world.
Forgiveness of sin and life everlasting is now offered to all who put their faith in Him. John tells us in his gospel, “But these (things) are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life through his name” (John 20:31).
Yes, the Lord Jesus is “the One you can trust.”
Louis Abel is the Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.