Editor’s note: As we serve God’s people day by day, we tend to get caught up in the to-do lists and meetings. The idea of Jesus as our Savior, our redeemer, our awe-inspiring and all-forgiving Friend, slips to the back of our minds. Refocus on him today with this devotion. When you finish reading, be sure to visit the CTA website to see prayer journals, devotion books, and many other volunteer and staff appreciation gifts.
Imagine this headline: “Baby Saves the World!” Can you conjure up a set of circumstances in which this headline could possibly be legitimate? (The tabloids don’t count!)
What would such a baby have to do? Somehow bring together two warring superpowers? Wail in distress to distract a crazed dictator with his finger on the button, ready to launch a dozen missiles, each tipped with multiple nuclear warheads?
Any scenario we concoct seems far-fetched, to say the least. And yet, Matthew and Luke both make claims about a baby born to save the world. Both call this baby Jesus—Savior. (See Matthew 1:20–21 and Luke 1:30–31.)
The name Savior evokes a rescue from extreme or deadly danger:
- A savior rushes into the operating room to perform such a delicate, life-saving procedure that no other surgeon on earth would attempt. The patient lives, reknitted and whole.
- A savior rappels down a cliff wall to rescue a hiker clinging to a spindly bush on a ledge only three inches wide. The hiker grabs ahold of him, glad to be pulled free from imminent death.
- A savior steps between a convenience store clerk and a drug-crazed robber holding a sawed-off shotgun. The clerk escapes to a tear-soaked reunion with loved ones.
Keep these pictures in mind as you mull over the Scripture below. How does it encourage you in the salvation, the rescue that Jesus, your Savior, has worked for you?
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4–5 ESV).
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