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Text: John 3:17
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Do you remember the outdoor game “Scotty”? It’s an old game me and some of the kids I grew up with here in the neighborhood used to play. There were two teams who picked a post as their territory. At the count of three every one was tasked to tap on the head members of the other team. Those who got tagged were forced to stay in the enemy camp and place their hand on their post until someone from his team saved him by touching his hand. It was always a relief when one of your teammates saves you because you can return to your homebase again.
Jesus Christ was also sent to save us. “From what?”, you might ask. He came on a mission to save us first, from our SIN. This means that we need to acknowledge that we are beyond hope in our sinfulness, and not even all our good efforts – our charity works and all that – are enough to atone us from the filthiness of our sinful nature. We then ask for God’s forgiveness, accept His mercy, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Lord and Savior. We should be willing and ready to submit to His wisdom and guidance over our day-to-day lives.
Second, we must be saved to a new life of honoring and glorifying God, accepting His leadership, and becoming actively involved in serving our fellowman [Christian Art Publishers]. Christ did not only save us just for the sake of saving us from Sin and Hell, but more importantly, He came to save us so that we can be used in His kingdom. We will then become active agents in His saving work, which we ourselves have received of him.
Let us grow in the likeness of Christ. Ask yourself honestly before God:”Have I been saved?”