Your Need and My Need for a Savior

God has proved His power to rescue people from danger or calamity from which they are powerless to save themselves in the Old Testament. But why do you and I need a savior? What great danger or calamity do we face?

A. Jesus Saves from Sin

Matthew 1:21 – Before Jesus was born, the angel promised Joseph that Mary would bring forth a Son. He said to “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” “Jesus” means “Jehovah is salvation” (or Jehovah is the Savior). But the salvation Jesus would bring was salvation from sin. [Luke 2:11]

Luke 19:10 – Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. The reason man needs salvation is that he is lost in sin and cannot solve the problem by himself.

Acts 5:31 – God exalted Jesus to His right hand to be a prince and Savior and give repentance and forgiveness of sins. So the reason we need salvation is that we are guilty of sin. To be saved we need to repent so Jesus can forgive our sins.

1 Timothy 1:15 – This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Sin is transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). The consequences of sin are such that sinners are condemned to eternal punishment and cannot save themselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:8,9 – God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our sins make us God’s enemies, doomed to suffer eternal wrath. This wrath is described as a second death in a lake of fire (Rev. 20). But this is not what God wants for us. He wants us to be saved from sin through His Son.

This is the salvation that God offers through Jesus under the gospel.

[Romans 5:9,10; James 5:19,20; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:2,3; Tit. 2:13,14; Rom. 6:23; Luke 1:77]

B. Salvation from Sin Is a Universal Need.

Many people do not appreciate the salvation Jesus offers because they do not realize they need it. But all people become sinners, so everyone needs salvation.

Jesus offers salvation to all people.

John 4:42 – The Samaritans said they had learned that Jesus is the Savior of the world.

Titus 2:11 – The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

1 Timothy 2:3,4,6 – God our Savior desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. This is why Christ gave Himself as a ransom for all.

Romans 1:16 – The gospel is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes, Jew and Gentile.

Mark 16:15,16 – This is why the gospel must be preached to every creature in the whole world.

Jesus is not the Savior of just a certain nation or race of people, nor of a certain group predetermined unconditionally before the world began. He offers salvation to everyone in the world, because everyone needs it.

All people eventually commit sin (Romans 3:23). This includes you and me. Our sins alienate us from God and doom us to eternal punishment. Since we have sinned against God, only God can declare the basis on which the sins will be forgiven. We are powerless by ourselves to remove the consequences of sin.

This means you and I need Jesus as our Savior. Only Jesus has the power to save everyone in the whole world from sin. He offers that salvation to all. It is up to you and me to decide whether or not we are willing to meet the conditions to receive it.

[John 12:47; Acts 13:47; 1 John 4:14]

Jesus offers complete salvation from all sins.

Hebrews 7:25 – Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him. Sometimes people fear that they have committed some sin that can never be forgiven. This is true only of sins for which we will not repent. But if we are willing to completely turn from sin and come to Jesus for forgiveness according to the gospel, He is able to save to the uttermost.

And sometimes people have followed the gospel teaching to be forgiven, yet their consciences still bother them. They fear they are still going to be punished despite the forgiveness. True, there are sometimes consequences of our sins that carry over in this life. And we will always regret the fact we committed sin. But once the sin is forgiven, we are saved to the uttermost. There is simply no more guilt before God.

You and I need salvation by Jesus. No other power in the world can save from sin. Without Him, we are powerless. But His power can save all people from the eternal consequences of all our sins. Are you willing to accept His salvation?

III. Jesus’ Role In Our Salvation

What did Jesus had to do in order to become our Savior?

A. Jesus Had to Leave Heaven and Come to Live on Earth as a Man

Luke 19:10 – The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

1 Timothy 1:15 – Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Before He came to earth, Jesus was in heaven with God the Father, enjoying all the glory and power of Deity. He was the eternal Creator (John 1:1-3). But we His creatures were disobedient and doomed to punishment. God loved us so much He determined a way to avoid this for all who are willing to accept salvation.

Our goal is to leave earth and go to heaven. In order to become our Savior, Jesus had to leave the joys and privileges of heaven to come to earth to live as a man.

[John 3:17]

B. Jesus Had to Die for Our Sins.

Romans 5:6-10 – When we were without strength – helpless and unable to save ourselves – Christ died for the ungodly. This is how we can be saved from wrath and recon­ciled to God. This is why Jesus had to come to earth as a man. As God, He could not die. But by becoming a man, he could suffer death and pay the penalty for our sins.

So you and I could be saved from the consequences of sin, Jesus was treated as a sinner. He suffered punishment He did not deserve so we could escape the pun­ishment we do deserve. He suffered and died on the cross. Some people would suf­fer for a righteous man and maybe for a good man. But Jesus did this for us who are sinners.

Hebrews 9:28 – So Jesus was offered once to bear the sins of many. Our salvation will be complete when He comes again to take us to our eternal reward.

C. Jesus Had to Rise from the Dead.

Romans 5:10 said we are reconciled by His death and saved by His life. This refers to His life after His death – i.e., His resurrection from the dead.

Hebrews 2:14 – Through death, He destroyed the power of death. But this required Him to be raised from the dead, thereby proving that someday we will all be raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-26).

1 Corinthians 15:17 – If Christ did not rise, then our faith is vain we are still in our sins. Had Jesus not been raised from the dead, Satan would have been the victor. By rising, Jesus proved His superior power over Satan, demonstrating His power to save us from sin.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 – Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, is the One who can deliver us from the wrath to come.

Jesus paid the greatest price anyone could pay to be our Savior. Through His suffering and victory, you and I have the hope of eternal life. What will we do with the opportunity? Do we appreciate how much we need Jesus as our Savior?

[I Tim. 1:15; I John 4:14; Eph. 5:23,25; I Pet. 2:24; Heb. 7:25]

IV. The Application to Us: Conditions We Must Meet to Be Saved

A. Old Testament Examples Show that God’s Salvation Is Conditional


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