Save the Humans
24 Sep 2012
This is not for the fainthearted. Nor is it particularly PC, but I’ll cut to the chase – “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).”
When all is said and done, this is what Jesus gave his life to do.
The gospel is the best and the most important news any human being can ever hear. It is not a religious artefact of the East; it is good news of Jesus Christ that God addresses to the entire human race. This gospel sets forth Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Master, Life and Hope of all who put their trust in him. Of all the things we do in life, followers of Jesus get to participate in Jesus’ saving work by sharing this good news with people everywhere.
The reason we need someone to seek and save us is that, through sin, we are alienated from a holy God. Jesus saves us to be a part of God’s family. To do that, God’s Son had to become a human being and move into our neighbourhood, so that he could suffer and die in the place of human beings. The reason Christ took on human flesh was so that he could die and in dying pay a ransom that frees humans from the power of death.
Of all the mistakes we make, it is quite possible that underestimating our capacity to deny biblical truth tops the list. According to Jesus Christ, there is no way apart from himself that a person can know God. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through me.” The whole story of the whole Bible centres on the fact that Jesus alone can save people.
This reasoning compelled others. In words that defined the Apostle Paul’s very life … “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some (1Cor 9:22).”
So some people are about saving endangered forests. Some are about saving money. Others give time, energy and expertise to saving endangered fauna. These are important ways to use your life. But we long to join Jesus in the work that he is doing throughout the world… saving human beings created in his image.