Who Needs a Savior?
Indeed, God made us in His image and God is good. Why would anyone need a savior?
Think about this. As part of God's goodness, He is holy, righteous and just. Like a good judge in a human court, He will not excuse criminals. He will see that justice is served.
Offenders will be punished.
Governments institute laws to protect their citizens and their societies. Laws have penalties so that they are not ignored. Laws deter people from harming one another and breaking down the society. The deterrence of a law can be increased by increasing the likelihood that an offender will be apprehended or by increasing the severity of the penalty.
God has promised a 100 percent success rate in apprehending criminals and bringing them to justice. The Bible says that "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb 9:27 KJV).
God has also maximized the penalty. The Bible describes it as an eternal existence in a lake of fire and brimstone (Rev 21:8) where the occupants have no rest day nor night and the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever (see Rev 14:11).
God made us in His image. He made us intelligent, sentient, moral beings. He gave us the amazing blessing and privilege of being able to think and to choose.
How have you used this blessing? Have you kept His good law?
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honour thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet.
Considering that God's standard is perfect, that He considers lust to be adultery and hatred to be murder (see Matt 5:27-
If you are honest with yourself, you will realize that God's just wrath abides on you and:
You desperately need a savior!
Who could save you from such a future? Where might you find such a one?
You'll find Him in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There you will find that God in His goodness is also loving, merciful, gracious and forgiving. He made great provision for us in that He gave the very best He had to make a substitute for our eternal punishment. God the Father loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be born in the humblest of beginnings and to die the brutalest of deaths. Jesus was born Emmanuel, or God with us, in a manger. He lived a sinless life and then He willingly died for sin on an old rugged cross so that you and I might live. On the third day He rose again and defeated sin, death and hell forever.
God made a loving and just way to deal with our sin problem.
Now, if we are willing, we can die to our old sinful self with Him on the cross and live in newness of life through the power of His resurrection and through the power of His Holy Spirit that He will give to all those who truly love, trust and obey Him.
So do what Jesus said and repent and believe the gospel (see Mark 1:15). Repent means to change your mind, turn from all known sin and follow the Lord. Believe in Christ's atoning work on that old rugged cross 2000 years ago. Cry out to God for salvation from a broken and contrite heart and be saved.
Please do not delay. In Hebrews 2:3, the Bible asks a very compelling question:
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?”