Sometime in June 2019, a Californian man was stranded with his family while on a hiking trip exploring the American outback. He led them down an escarpment believing there was a way out at the bottom over a stunning waterfall, only to find out that they couldn’t go back nor could they jump down the water fall. Darkness presented all kinds of dangers from wild animals to mosquitoes and all that Mother Nature would throw at them. Obviously the lack of food and drinking water meant that hunger and dehydration would ultimately kill them in a matter of days. This man wrote an SOS note, put it into a water bottle and threw it over the waterfalls. Several miles downstream, a fisherman retrieved that bottle and called 911. The family was saved one day later, airlifted out of danger.
Jesus our saviour did more than that for us. We were stranded in sin, sickness, disease, poverty, hate and all kinds of perils. There was no limit to the evil surrounding as humanity was enveloped by the hopeless results of the sin that separated us from God. Jesus came to rescue, deliver and save us from this dire situation. That is why we call Him saviour. There was no limit to the dangers facing humanity and that is why God gave us the ultimate gift to solve all problems and literarily translate us out of eternal damnation into the everlasting arms of God. Salvation is not restriction as many wrongly thing. Salvation is liberation from a world designed to chock and kill you.
SCRIPTURE READING: Mathew 1:18-21 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by [the power of] the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her [promised] husband, being a just and righteous man and not wanting to expose her publicly to shame, planned to send her away and divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.”
DEVOTION PRAYER: The greatest gift that I have received is salvation. I am grateful for it oh Lord. Through salvation I have understood true liberty.