Do you know Peter Ostrum? Mr. Ostrum is a veterinarian in Glenfield, New York. He graduated from Cornell in 1984 and went into practice shortly afterwards. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and Hunterdon, New Jersey. In 1987, he married Loretta Lepkowski, and they have two children. An ordinary man living an ordinary life. His son, Leif, is an up-and-coming actor in his high school and may be following in his father’s footsteps. Do you know who he is yet? His one and only role was that of Charlie Bucket, the sweet loveable kid in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He had a wonderful relationship with Gene Wilder who, for five months, mentored young Peter during the filming. An ordinary kid who did an amazing job for a brief period but his contribution to the arts has a long-lasting effect on millions of people. Here is the thing, there is a whole generation who do not know Peter Ostrum as Charlie because the show was remade and the new Charlie was played by Freddie Highmore, better known today as The Good Doctor. You see, today, very few people survive the popularity rollercoaster because society is very fickle and to tell the truth, once someone has had their “fifteen minutes of fame,” they can just fade away rather easily.
Do you know Jesus? You know, if I ask that anywhere, most people will acknowledge they know of Him, a few will acknowledge they know Him personally. Like Peter, Jesus had a short public ministry, but His work continues. Peter walked away from the film industry even though they offered him three more films. Peter came back in a different way and continued to do great works in a way that benefits so many. Jesus lived, taught, showed us a wonderful way, and then stepped away momentarily, three days in the grave, and He came back in a new and magnificent way. His return signaled the fulfillment of a promise, He conquered death. After His ascension (His return to the Father in Heaven), His new position as intercessor for us all continues His message of Grace for all who call upon Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Here is my worry for society, just as people forget who Peter was, there are so many who are losing touch with the Saviour. This is the one person none should want to forget about because Jesus is the only way into Glory and to lose sight of Him is like losing the golden ticket.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” John 14:6-7 NLT
And remember this, the story is not over yet for He will return, and none know when that will be. So many claim to know but they are confused. Christ has made it clear that He will return.
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Rev 22:12-13 NLT
Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour? Have you given your life to Him, laid your sins upon the Saviour and asked His grace to be upon you? Do you remember Him because I can assure you of this one fact; He knows you.
We will be gathering Sunday at 10:30 to celebrate Christ’s love for each and everyone of us. Service will be broadcast online (see links below) or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Avenue W in Sundre, AB.
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