We humans have such short memories. When life is going well…we put God in the corner – kind of like disaster insurance…there just in case we need it. And when we get ourselves in trouble, we call out to Him for help…only to quickly forget again when life quiets down. This roller coaster ride isn’t what God desires for us. He wants to be our focus in good times and bad…in happiness and sadness…in calm and chaos.
The Lord saves us from what? In a single word – condemnation. John 3:18 tells us that from the womb we are condemned already…destined to Hell. No amount of good works will ever save you. Nor will you ever make it to Heaven on your believing Grandmother’s shirt-tails. But most strikingly, you will never be able to save yourself. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver you from the wrath that is to come. Only He can offer you freedom from an eternal sentence of Hell.
Our Savior’s obedience to His Father wasn’t out of sympathy for us. Jesus became a sin offering that we might have a right standing with God, not because He felt sorry for our wretched human race. No, Jesus knew the only way we could come to the Father was by Him going to the Cross… for nothing we could do would ever make us acceptable to God…only Jesus death.
Most people don’t go to the Doctor if they’re not sick, and Jesus didn’t come to Earth to tell the righteous what a great job they were doing and sit around the campfire singing hymns…He came to show the Way for those who were lost and missing the mark. He came that the lost would have a change of heart, turn from sin, and embrace their Savior. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
By accepting Jesus into your life, you are granted not only the right but the authority to be called a child of God. A dearly loved child with all the rights and privileges bestowed on you by your Heavenly Father. You are no longer a lonely orphan…you have been adopted…adopted into the family of God.
Trust builds in our heart as we hear about Jesus…this new found faith grows and sets well with our soul. It’s at that point we need to take the next step which is to publicly acknowledge Jesus as our resurrected Savior. We take what’s within our heart, and make it real by speaking it forth.