Jesus, the SaviorBro. David Chancellor
1/18/2009 6:00 PM
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
There were many opinions about who Jesus was and why he came. Many still have varying ideas about who Jesus is. Who do we say Jesus is? We still need to find him to be the son of the living God. This knowledge comes from God.
The rock we build on is Jesus, the Christ. Jesus’ church is the one that recognizes him as the Christ and as their Savior. This is what the church is built on. Without that foundation, we’re just A church, not the church. We’re not looking for anyone else. Jesus is what makes the church the church. Without Jesus, you don’t have the answer yet. When everything is built on God, that’s when you find the church of God.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Jesus is the name given to our Savior. The name is the same as Joshua, the one who took them into Canaan and led them to that ground. Jesus came to save us and bring us into the spiritual Canaan.
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
Paul wanted them to know that Jesus was the promised Savior. God used Israel to establish a path for the promised Savior to come. Paul wanted them to know the Savior came. There’s just one Savior for all mankind, Jesus.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The angel gave a clear message: one Savior for everyone. Jesus is the Savior. He’s the one with the power to save from sin.
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled; who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
God showed them what a Savior can do. The message of redemption can be seen in the story of the death angel. All mankind has to be redeemed. God is in control of all things. "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour." There is no Savior besides God. Jesus is the only Savior. He’s the one we need to tell people about. He’s the one that makes the difference. "Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand; I will work, and who shall let it?" God will work and who will prevent him from doing what he wants to do?
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
"they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save." Much of what calls itself Christianity is praying to a god who doesn’t save. Why pray to a god that can’t save? Pray to one that makes a difference. Look to the one that can save us now. We can have righteousness and strength in him. There’s no one too hard for God to save. You can’t get deliverance by any other means.
Saying, Did we not straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
They’d been told not to, but we’re thankful they kept teaching about Jesus. God exalted Jesus to be the Savior. He came to forgive us from sin. Every knee shall bow at his name. You can’t be saved without a Savior. Jesus is the only way to heaven for everyone – Jew, Gentile, etc. We all need a Savior and without him people won’t make it to heaven. All of us need a Savior. Without him people aren’t going to be saved. The most important thing is to know Jesus. If you don’t know Jesus, you’re missing out.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
You might hear about Jesus from what he did for someone else. It becomes about Jesus, not you. Hear Jesus for yourself and know him as Savior. Jesus came to give everyone an opportunity for salvation. Let him save you from your sins.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
"Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body." He saves and builds the church by salvation. This is how the church gets built. We need to tell the world about the Savior. Talk about the one that saves from sin. Jesus is the one we need to lift up and when we lift him up he’ll draw all men unto him.
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Don’t be ashamed of Jesus, or his testimony. Speak up and say there’s one Savior. What’s wrong with telling people about a good thing? Jesus wants to save people today.