7th September 2020

Jesus! Our Lifeguard

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 5:11-12 (NKJV)

Some of the duties and responsibilities of a physical lifeguard include: supervising Swimmers and watching over people to ensure they’re safe in the swimming pool or at the sea side, going to rescue them if they get into trouble, spotting hazards and preventing accidents, interacting with people and controlling unruly behaviour, carrying out health and safety checks, and administering first aid when required. Lifeguards are on constant watch and risk their lives to save others. People who are rescued by lifeguards are very grateful/thankful.

Jesus is our spiritual lifeguard! One of the duties of a lifeguard is to instruct people about the dangers they may face before going into the water, especially if the tide is high or the sea is rough. Some swimmers take unnecessary chances. Proverbs 8:33 says, “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.”

He is our help in time of trouble. A lifeguard will run into the water when someone is in danger and save them. Jesus does the same for us when we are in danger and we call out to Him. Psalm 46:1-2 tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

There are times when a lifeguard may need to correct people when they ignore advice not to go swimming because of the weather conditions. The same applies to us spiritually. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMPC) says, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof, and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The lifeguard must be trained in first aid, in order to save someone’s life. Hebrews 2:16-18 tells us that “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

Lifeguards risk their lives to save others. Jesus gave His life to save the whole world: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

When a lifeguard saves someone from drowning, that person normally shows their gratitude by thanking the lifeguard—how much more should be thanking God for sending His Son, our spiritual lifeguard, to save us from drowning in the sea of our sins.

Prayer
Eternal God, please bless our families, friends and love ones, and protect them from harm. Give the grace to forgive, and the strength to overcome all difficulties they face when the world tries to pull them apart. Thank you Lord. In Jesus’ name
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church