August 6th 2010
Do I Need To Be Saved?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Luke 19:10 (NIV)
Jesus came to save us.
The Bible is full of analogies about salvation. It describes God’s rescue plan for everyone. The plan is wrapped up in one name: Jesus. In fact, the Bible explains that we have already been rescued but that most of us have not accepted it yet.
Imagine a shipwreck. The ship signifies a world gone wrong, humanity led astray by its own choices and desires and by the influences of Satan. It is caught up in a relentless, force 12 hurricane-type storm. The ship is breaking up and all of us are lost and near drowning in the crashing, swirling, foaming waves. Everything seems hopeless. Thankfully, in his compassion for us God sends Jesus to rescue us and salvage the ship. The only problem is that we don’t notice it. He has thrown us a line, but we are soo busy fretting and splashing about that we don’t reach out and take it. The rescue has happened but we don’t climb aboard with Jesus.
Salvation is a bit like that. We don’t realize that Jesus has found us. We still think we need to be saved. The Bible, however, explains that salvation is now, that it has occurred already through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having faith in Jesus is taking hold of the line, receiving his rescue.
Paul, one of the leaders of the church in the first century, was anxious that Christians in Rome understand the grace of God. Grace means unmerited favour and forgiveness, and is a reference to salvation through Christ. He talks of believers as being “those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace” (Romans 5:17).
Therefore all men and women have a choice. Will we accept the salvation of Jesus Christ? Will we receive God’s grace?
Gracious God, thank you that you rescue me through Jesus Christ. Help me to receive his grace and accept his salvation.
Study by SEP Staff