Our Great and Glorious Savior

By   •   November 30, 2011

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Amid the rising uncertainly and fear that has swept across the world in recent years is the steady and growing sense that the world’s problems have almost become too large and complex to solve.

Deepening financial chaos, seismic shifts in the geo-political landscape, the escalating violence and corruption—they all seem to cry out for someone who can swiftly step into the global fray and bring a lasting solution.

It’s almost as if the world is looking for, shall we say, a savior.

Of course, we know that the Bible says that events like these will set the stage for the appearance of the antichrist, which in turn only serves to prepare for the triumphant return of the one true Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.

I love the word Savior. It’s one of the most beautiful words I’ve ever known, because it so aptly describes the glorious person and work of Jesus.

When the angel appeared to startled shepherds on a chilly night in the hills outside Bethlehem, he heralded this long-awaited announcement: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The Babe that Mary cradled was the promised Messiah, the Anointed One, the Lord and Master of Heaven and earth, the one true Savior who had stepped out of eternity and into time to save His people from their sins.

The Apostle John said this: “We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). The Apostle Paul described the incarnation of the Son as “when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared” (Titus 3:4). The Samaritans who came to believe in Christ following His encounter with the woman at the well exclaimed, “We know that this is indeed the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

The world in Christ’s day was a dark and dangerous place. Like many today, the Jews believed the promised Messiah would rescue them from political oppression and injustice. But the Savior came to deliver from the greatest tyranny of all—the deadly rule and reign of sin that holds every man captive.

The deliverance came through the violent, sacrificial death of our Lord on a Roman cross. There the Savior bore the full wrath and fury of God the Father against sin—our sin—and made it possible for God and man to be reconciled. At the cross, the Savior conquered sin and Satan, bringing salvation to all who now put their trust in Him for forgiveness of sin.

Near the end of his life, at age 82, John Newton the former slave-trader who came to know and experience God’s amazing grace, was asked what he recalled about his life. He replied, “Although my memory is fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior.”

The Gospel is the Good News of the Savior who has already come to set His people free from their sins. It is the Good News that He will come again—I pray it will be soon—to establish His Kingdom through the “appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

May the love and comfort of the one, eternal Savior comfort and strengthen you this Christmas as you celebrate His birth, experience His resurrection life and eagerly await His return.

Come, Lord Jesus. D ©2011 BGEA

All Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version.

 

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14 Comments

  1. John says:

    Thank you Franklin for your faithfulness in ministering to the physical needs of people worldwide and most of all the spiritual needs of people who need Jesus. May the Lord continue to bless you in this New Year of 2012.

  2. vernon says:

    Franklin you and your dad have reached more people to Jesus keep on doing that I have seen this in person my self.

  3. Naresh says:

    When I blame somebody for getting angry or feeling hurt, I am actually telling that I let this person take me for a ride. It is actually the sin in me that causes it, they are not to blame. Jesus has come to save me from this. He paid the price.

  4. Caesar Wellington says:

    May God's richest blessings be upon BGEA for the timely message: “Our Great and Glorious Savior” in this uncertain world.

  5. Helen, St. Petersburg, FL says:

    God Bless all of the BGEA team with a special blessing for Rev. Billy Graham. Christmas is not a season it is an attitude-an intentional attitude of grace and service. May the Spirit of the Nativity be rekindled in our souls!

  6. Jeff says:

    Being where God has called you to be is a beautiful place. No matter what the surroundings are like the joy of the Lord is our strength. We are all sinners and we are all slaves but we don't have to be slaves to our sin. Christ is calling out to you.

  7. Dan says:

    Thank you to all those who work through the BGEA and all those who support it…..for bringing blessings into my life. God Bless You.

  8. Penny says:

    I love the description of the Saviour stepping out of eternity and into time. What a perfect way to help us understand this somewhat mysterious concept!

  9. Leslie says:

    Amen! Praise God.

  10. Devasahayam Vanka says:

    Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to His People on Earth..! I wish the entire team of BGEA a wonderful and an exuberant Christmas..! God bless your ministry..!