How often do we look to be saved? Think about it. In medical emergencies, we look to the doctors and nurses to save us from any immediate medical threat. On the job, we hope that our stellar performance will provide job security for us in the event of a lay off. When suffering from depression, we seek a therapist to save us from remaining in a dark mental state. If we’re being physically abused, we seek law enforcement to save us from our attacker. There are so many circumstances that I can think of where we would seek to be saved. However, many people don’t consider how their soul can be saved. In case you were not aware, Jesus saves.
Who do you normally reach out to in a time of need?
You may be accustomed to reaching out to your spouse, family, friends, mentors or pastor to save you from trouble. Oftentimes you got yourself into it. For example, have you ever spent too much money and didn’t have enough to cover your living expenses? This probably left you looking to someone else to save you from having something disconnected. Perhaps after realizing you didn’t do well on an exam, you may look to the professor to have mercy on you to ensure you pass the class. Why is it so easy to put our trust in imperfect people yet hard to trust in the Son of the living God?
There are laws in which we must obey.
On that fateful Friday, a crown of thorns was pressed into His head. He had to carry His own cross after being beaten to a pulp. Once the cross was stabilized, they nailed His hand and His feet to it, yet He did not move. He was uncovered for further humiliation but He remained quiet. His side was pierced as a final blow, yet He did not utter a mumbling word. He was innocent, blameless and perfect in all His ways, but never did He ask to be saved. With His body dismantled, bloodied and lifeless, He managed to state:
“It is finished.”
He who had the power to get down from the cross, chose not to use it. The One who knew no sin, decided to save us from our sins and take the punishment on our behalf. So the next time you get yourself into a jam, others begin to forsake you or you are mistreated and need saving, think about the fact Jesus has already paid the price for us. We don’t have to remain bound to a life that less than God’s will for us. We have that freedom because Jesus choose not to be saved from the cross so that we could be saved by His amazing grace.
As we celebrate Easter Sunday, let us remember the reason. Jesus hung, bled, died, and rose again on the third day with all power in His hands. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords and we cannot get to heaven except through accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you today to ask Jesus into your heart and into your life. It will be the best decision you will ever make, because Jesus saves.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NLT