You may remember a few years ago when the U.S. government did buy-out plans for certain financial institutions. The government bought-out the debts of corporations as a way to keep the economy afloat instead of continuing downward. Today, I was thinking about this. Not in the way of financial corporations, but about people.
Jesus is our buy-out plan. He came into this world to pay the penalty for our sin. He went to hell and conquered death to save me out of it. Jesus is my big brother that bought me out of hell. I was so far in debt, in sin, that He made a way for me.
And, just like a company remembers the saving grace of a big brother, I too remember my big brother and His saving grace upon my life. With that, a deep sense of gratitude sets in and in giving thanks, I try my best to stay away from the sin that so easily entangled me before. That is how we grow in our gratitude and worship for Christ. In our thankfulness, with the Spirit’s guidance, we sin less because of the gratitude and love we have toward our big brother that bought us out of death.
So what are you going to do? Are you going to keep spiraling down in your hole and hope that you have time in the end for Jesus to buy you out? Are you going to continue and try to get out of your hole on your own? Or, are you going to give in and let Jesus save you now?
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus*, for He will save His people from their sins.”
*Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.
JESUS SAVES. I have had this bold statement on the back windshield of my car for a few months now. I love it because when I drive around the city, it’s like spreading a word of hope to all who see it and read it. It is a moving advertisement that glorifies the grace and power of our loving God. (Not to mention it gives me more accountability to be Christ-like in my driving.)
Maybe seeing this statement in passing reminds someone to pray for a friend. Maybe it brings conviction to mind. Maybe it sparks a conversation about gods. Maybe it makes someone think, does God really exist or do I believe in God? Maybe it raises the question, what does “Jesus saves” really mean to me?
I haven’t been approached much about it, but just recently I had been wondering if our world really knows what this phrase actually means. I wondered… have I not been approached because others are embarrassed to ask what it means, or because they think they will be ridiculed for not knowing? Maybe others think I will bombard them with condemning words.
So, what does “Jesus saves” really mean? First of all, who is Jesus? What is being saved? Why should someone care about Jesus or that He saves? Why is saving necessary? How does saving happen? What is the role of Jesus in saving?
I’d love to hear your insights!!