The word ‘saviour’ means one who saves, preserves from danger, or delivers from consequences. Israel was used to having God send someone to save them when they got into trouble. Nehemiah 9:26-27 tells us that Israel was disobedient and rebellious toward God and had put away His laws. They had killed the prophets which testified against them in order to turn them back to God, and had provoked Him
mightily. So He had turned them over to their enemies. In the midst of their troubles, Israel always cried out to God. Because of His great love and mercy, “……thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies,” (verse 27). All of these ‘saviours’ saved Israel from physical enemies who
were persecuting them in some way. Among those people God sent were Moses who saved them from
Pharaoh, Samson who saved them from the Philistines, and Gideon who saved them from the Midianites.
Before Jesus was born, Israel was in bondage to her enemies again. This time it was Rome, and
they cried out to God, “Send us a saviour to set us free.” God had already planned to send His son, Jesus, the Saviour of the World. Down through history, He had told the prophets about Jesus’ coming. For generations, they passed down the promise of this special Saviour, the Messiah. Isaiah prophesied in chapter 7:14 that He would be born of a virgin and be called Emmanuel, or God with us.
When Mary told Joseph that she was pregnant, He couldn’t accept it. In a dream, an angel told
him not to be afraid, but to receive Mary as his wife. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins,” Matthew 1:21.
Israel was looking for someone to save them from Rome, not to save them from sin. When the
angels told the shepherds that a Saviour had been born in Bethlehem, they expected him to grow up to be a great warrior to lead them in battle. Instead, Jesus went to war for their souls, to deliver them from sin.
Jesus’ coming doesn’t mean that we never sin again. He came to save us from the results of our sins. Attitudes and actions produce consequences. Good actions produce good consequences. If we do bad things, the consequences will be bad. But if we repent and confess our sins to Jesus, he can save us
from the consequences. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleans us from all unrighteousness,”
1 John 1:9.
Repent means to change your heart from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. It means
changing your attitudes from selfishness to putting others first. It means changing your behavior to reflect the changes in your heart and attitude.
Romans 3:20 tells us that we know what actions are sin by the law. Deuteronomy 28:15-68 gives
us fifty three verses of curses that can come for disobeying God’s commands. Romans 6:14 says, “for sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
Repent of your actions that were disobedient and rebellious towards God. Confess them to Him,
and ask Jesus to be your own personal Saviour from your troubles that are caused by sin. The
consequences, or wages, of those sins is death, but God’s gift of Jesus, the Saviour, brings eternal life, Romans 6:23. With Jesus as your Saviour, sin won’t have the power to control you any more. You will be delivered from the consequences, because Jesus redeemed you from the curses of disobeying the law,Galatians 3:13-14.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,” Luke 2:11. Make Him your own personal Saviour today. Cry out to Him in your troubles. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them,” Hebrews 7:25.
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