JESUS OUR SAVIOR
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1 John 4:14).
The greatest title and honor that can be given to any being is that of “the Savior of the world.” There is no being in heaven or earth that has or ever will earn that title except the Lord Jesus Christ. He, indeed, is the only one that can rightly claim that wondrous work of saving mankind.
Man is hopelessly lost. His urges to sin have led him so far away from God that he cannot redeem himself. Even though he tries to make amends by a good work, it will not bring him into favor with God. Man’s very nature is set against God, thus, he is not able by his own ability to reconcile with a righteous God. It will take a Savior to save him from himself and from external evil.
In heaven’s search for a Savior, they found that they would need one that could forgive the vilest sin, that could love the most despicable sinner, and one that would be willing to condescend to the lowliest and most simple of persons. It would also take one who would be able to reach up to the lofty ones. This Savior would need to have compassion for the outcast and sympathy for the suffering ones. He would need to understand the misunderstood. He would need to be able to rebuke vile and evil spirits and stand up to the self-righteous.
This Savior would need to face and defeat the devil with his cunning power and might. It was foreseen that He would need to face the temptations man faces and be victorious over them. He must have power to cast out evil spirits and to heal and restore to health both physically and spiritually.
The greatest task of all in saving mankind would be to take responsibility for the sins of man. This Savior would need to be willing to take the death penalty for sin. He would need to be willing to take the condemnation that a lost sinner feels and to feel separation from God.
In all of God’s universe, only one was found who was able and willing to take the great task of saving mankind. That was the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. We now continue, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).
Christ has given to man the finished plan of salvation. That plan is able to save every soul. It is as workable today as it was when first set in motion. There have been no amendments to this plan. When a sinner repents and believes, he will be saved. It cost heaven much pain to give this plan, but even greater is the pain when a soul rejects salvation. And the greatest joy of all is for a soul to accept salvation and be saved. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10).
From 102 Devotional Sermonettes, Copyright 1999