• TeMah LoraLee

Why Do I Need a Savior? (Y1.T1.D18) - Extra


Unsplash; "Linh Nguyen"

 

The most obvious reason I need a savior is because my sin separates me from God.


But is that all Christ did? Save me from myself?


No. The best and perfect salvation we receive is for our souls (i.e., eternal life). But that is not the only freedom we find in Christ. Before I accepted Jesus into my life, I was running with a dangerous crowd. While I never saw guns, they were probably there. Drugs and physical violence were the norm, as well as the devaluation of women.


That was forty-two years ago, and while I continue to know people who come from dangerous pasts, accepting Jesus as my Savior gave me the strength to walk away from people who practiced destructive behavior.


In fact, I’d venture to say I would never have left that crowd without Jesus. It’s not easy to leave what we are used to. And honestly, those communities do more to discourage freedom than find it.


Consider what Isaiah 59:11–15 states:


We all roar like bears

and moan bitterly like doves.

We look for justice, but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far off from us.

For our transgressions are multiplied before you,

and our sins testify against us;

for our transgressions are with us,

and as for our iniquities, we know them:

transgressing and denying Yahweh,

and turning away from following our God,

speaking oppression and revolt,

conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Justice is turned away backward,

and righteousness stands far away;

for truth has fallen in the street,

and uprightness can’t enter.

Yes, truth is lacking;

and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

Yahweh saw it,

and it displeased him that there was no justice.


The world is dangerous, especially for those from abusive or neglectful communities. I can attest that “He who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:11).


Less than a year after I accepted Christ, I happened to be visiting someone from my previous life. We were alone in his apartment, and when I told him of my new life and convictions, he held me hostage for over an hour. When I got up to leave, he grabbed my hair and slammed my head against the wall.


He then dragged me to the bedroom where the threats became stronger. I didn’t beg or plead with him because I knew silence was my best protection. While he ranted and threatened and pushed, I prayed. While I didn’t know Isaiah 59:16 at the time, I did know Jesus:


He saw that there was no man,

and wondered that there was no intercessor.

Therefore his own arm brought salvation to him;

and his righteousness sustained him.


Salvation can be more than spiritual.


Jesus heard my unspoken prayers, and this man—who’d been to prison before—finally let me go without raping me. I learned who I should and should not be alone with. I learned how to value myself and stick to my principles. Accepting Christ as the Savior of my soul also brought me out of a world ripe with violence. And it can happen for you.


If you are currently in a dangerous situation, you don’t have to stay there. Call on Jesus and ask him to lead you to a crisis center that can meet your specific need. A beautiful future is waiting.


Jesus Can Save


11 It will happen in that day that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13 The envy also of Ephraim will depart, and those who persecute Judah will be cut off. Ephraim won’t envy Judah, and Judah won’t persecute Ephraim. 14 They will fly down on the shoulders of the Philistines on the west. Together they will plunder the children of the east. They will extend their power over Edom and Moab, and the children of Ammon will obey them. 15 Yahweh will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his scorching wind he will wave his hand over the River, and will split it into seven streams, and cause men to march over in sandals. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, like there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. (Isaiah 11:11–16)


15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’” (John 1:15)


1 Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save;

nor his ear dull, that it can’t hear.

2 But your iniquities have separated you and your God,

and your sins have hidden his face from you,

so that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood,

and your fingers with iniquity.

Your lips have spoken lies.

Your tongue mutters wickedness.

4 No one sues in righteousness,

and no one pleads in truth.

They trust in vanity,

and speak lies.

They conceive mischief,

and give birth to iniquity.

5 They hatch adders’ eggs,

and weave the spider’s web.

He who eats of their eggs dies;

and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.

6 Their webs won’t become garments.

They won’t cover themselves with their works.

Their works are works of iniquity,

and acts of violence are in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil,

and they hurry to shed innocent blood.

Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity.

Desolation and destruction are in their paths.

8 They don’t know the way of peace;

and there is no justice in their ways.

They have made crooked paths for themselves;

whoever goes in them doesn’t know peace.


9 Therefore justice is far from us,

and righteousness doesn’t overtake us.

We look for light, but see darkness;

for brightness, but we walk in obscurity.

10 We grope for the wall like the blind.

Yes, we grope as those who have no eyes.

We stumble at noon as if it were twilight.

Among those who are strong, we are like dead men.

11 We all roar like bears

and moan bitterly like doves.

We look for justice, but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far off from us.


12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,

and our sins testify against us;

for our transgressions are with us,

and as for our iniquities, we know them:

13 transgressing and denying Yahweh,

and turning away from following our God,

speaking oppression and revolt,

conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

14 Justice is turned away backward,

and righteousness stands far away;

for truth has fallen in the street,

and uprightness can’t enter.

15 Yes, truth is lacking;

and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.


Yahweh saw it,

and it displeased him that there was no justice.

16 He saw that there was no man,

and wondered that there was no intercessor.

Therefore his own arm brought salvation to him;

and his righteousness sustained him.

17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate,

and a helmet of salvation on his head.

He put on garments of vengeance for clothing,

and was clad with zeal as a mantle.

18 According to their deeds,

he will repay as appropriate,

wrath to his adversaries,

recompense to his enemies;

he will repay the islands their due.

19 So they will fear Yahweh’s name from the west,

and his glory from the rising of the sun;

for he will come as a rushing stream,

which Yahweh’s breath drives.


20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion,

and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says Yahweh.


21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your offspring, nor out of the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says Yahweh, “from now on and forever.” (Isaiah 59:1–21)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Thank You for saving my soul. You could have stopped there, but You didn’t. You rescued me when I was weak and needy. You delivered me out of the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82:4). Behold, You are my salvation. I will trust and will not be afraid, for You are my strength and song (Isaiah 12:2). Thank You for delivering me from every evil work, and preserve me for Your heavenly kingdom. To You be the glory forever and ever. Amen (2 Timothy 4:18).


Amen.


Meditation Music Link

 

Is this the first time you're reading a blog from The Mosaic Bible Experience? Click to learn more.


To receive more content, remember to click Like and Subscribe.




3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All