by unknown authorThe Top 10 Reasons Jesus Is my Savior
1. "Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven'" (Matt. 18:21-22).
He is forgiving. If you apply logic to this statement, is our Lord going to ask us to be more forgiving of others than He is of us, or less? The Bible speaks many times of God's infinite mercy, but infinite is such an abstract term that I'm not sure I realized just how forgiving He is until I discovered it in this passage. In fact, I cannot find any instance of a person coming to Jesus for forgiveness that it was not granted.
2. "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the king will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me" (Matt. 25:35-40).
He is empathetic. What could possibly make Him so empathetic that he actually considered Himself clothed or fed if we were? Has anyone ever helped your elderly mother cross the road or played with your toddler while you were in line at the grocery store? Did you instantly feel a kindness toward that person? You love your mother or child so much that you receive an emotional benefit from kindness that was done toward them. That's pretty strong love to actually feel fed, clothed, or visited when one of your loved ones is the one receiving the material benefit.
3. "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matt. 26:53) "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father" (John 10:18).
He was willing to make the sacrifice. Picture a two-year-old, standing on a railroad track with a train bearing down, and the mother risking her own life to run onto the tracks to save him. We are standing on the railroad track of life with sin bearing down on us, most of us as unaware of the consequences as that two-year-old. Jesus, with full knowledge and forethought, dashed in front of that train of sin, pushed us out of harm's way, and took the damage for us. There are two differences: one is that the mother acted out of instinct rather than planning, and the second is that we didn't get a spanking afterwards like I bet that two-year-old did!
4. "But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying ‘Lord, help me!' And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' But she said, 'Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.' Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish' And her daughter was healed at once" (Matt. 15:24-28).
He is the Savior of all peoples. As a non-Jew, I am very thankful that Jesus' sacrifice was for all people. God told Abraham that through him all nations would be blessed, and thank God, we are.
5. "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth'" (Matt. 28:18).
He is all-powerful. Jesus is in control of everything from the tiniest aspect of life here on earth to many things we don't even know exist yet.
6. "And a certain one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, ‘Stop! No more of this.' And He touched his ear and healed him" (Luke 22:50.51).
He even loves His enemies. Paul says "while we were yet sinners," and here is a perfect example. The servant of the high priest obviously did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. But Jesus loved him anyway. I can't quite imagine the love that would cause me to care about a minor injury someone sustained while they were trying to capture and kill me unjustly.
7. "And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven'" (Mark 14:62).
He is alive. It would be a beautiful enough story if He had come and saved us and that was that. But it wasn't the end of the story. He is resurrected, doing the Father's work, praying for us and preparing a place for us. We will, one day, get to worship Him and thank Him face to face.
8. "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement" (John 7:24).
He is righteous. Before my father does anything to a wall, he uses a level to draw a guaranteed straight line. Even if the floor slopes or the wall bows, he knows anything he justifies to that line is straight. Jesus is my straight line. Even if abortion is legal and gay marriages are common, I know I'm on the straight and narrow path if I continuously compare my actions to Jesus.
9. "These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven…I ask on their behalf…keep them in Thy name…that they may have My joy made full in themselves…keep them from the evil one…sanctify them in the truth…I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me…I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given me, be with Me where I am…that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17: 1-26).
He prays for me. The One who has all authority in earth and heaven prays for me. Right now, I have a financial matter and several family matters that I am praying for, and Jesus is praying along with me. If I know Him, He is probably praying more diligently than I am.
10. "So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?‘ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.‘ He said to him, ‘Tend My lambs.' He said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.' He said to him, ‘Shepherd My sheep.' He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?' And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.' Jesus said to him, ‘Tend My sheep'"(John 21:15-17).
He trusts us. This is my favorite passage in the whole Bible. First because He has Peter state that he loves Him once for every time Peter denied Him prior to the crucifixion. Secondly because Jesus loves me so much that His last instruction to His disciple was that I be taken care of. Last instructions are always the most important. Finally, He trusts me with the care of His sheep. I am both the sheep that needs to be taken care of and the disciple that is entrusted with the care of His sheep. It's not that amazing that I need to be taken care of, but it never ceases to amaze me that I, one who has sinned and falls short of the glory of the Lord, am being trusted with that which is most precious to Jesus.
(Editor's note: Actually, this is a list of all Number Ones!)