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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Savior

People love a savior. Take a look at popular culture and that's quite evident. People love stories about saviors, those who rescue or deliver a city, a country, or the world. At any given time, movie theaters are showing a film about a savior in the form of some superhero, such as Superman, a being with superpowers who must use those powers to save the world from some evil power. In literature, we see the theme of a savior repeated quite often. An example would be Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is tasked with saving Middle Earth by destroying a ring so that it cannot be used by evil forces. Saviors appear in all forms of culture from movies, to books, to television.

Mankind needs a savior. Perhaps this is why people love savior stories. Since sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden, mankind has needed a savior, someone to save us from the bondage of sin and from the evil that wants nothing more than to keep us in that bondage. We need a deliverer, someone to rescue us. But the savior that mankind really needs is found in only one place and in the form of only one person. The Savior we need is found in the pages of the Bible, the Word of God. The Savior that we need is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was sent by God to save us from the penalty of our sins.

Mankind needs Jesus. And that is why God, in His great love for us, sent His one and only Son, so that those who believe will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus was born into this world to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). But Jesus did not use "superpowers" to save us. He did not destroy a ring or use some kind of weapon to save us. Jesus gave His life on a cross, dying in our place, paying the penalty for our sins. Jesus is the true Savior!


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