Today’s Scripture: I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Isaiah 43:11

What is a savior? By definition, a savior is one who saves. A savior doesn’t show the way to safety or provide what you need to be saved, but instead, he does the work required to bring you to safety. Let me illustrate this with a drowning child at a beach. First, the lifeguard sees the boy out in the waves unable to swim or keep afloat. The lifeguard doesn’t yell and wave to get the child’s attention and show him how to swim. He doesn’t jump into the water, swim out to the child, hand him a deflated raft, and say, “This will save you, all you need to do is blow it up.” Instead, he swims out to the boy and tries to bring him to shore, even putting his own life in danger at times.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior. He saw the situation we were in – facing an eternity in Hell and came to rescue us. He didn’t come to show us how to act or tell us how to be good people. He came to provide salvation through His death on the cross. He didn’t do part of the job and tell us to do the rest so we could effectively blow up our own raft to get ourselves to safety – He did it ALL.

What it all really comes down to is whether or not Jesus paid it all. All the religions of the world tell you to act right – do and don’t do certain things, and you will be all right. Whether you are told to be a good Christian (Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, etc.), Muslim, Mormon, Hindu, Buddhist, etc., you are told that you need behave a certain way. Your obedience to a set of rules determines your salvation. But this is not true!

We obtain salvation when we realize that Jesus paid it all – He is our Saviour. Salvation is apart from what we do; it is based solely on His completed payment for our sin. Trust Him alone as your Saviour today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder