Week 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.
Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.
It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.
If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!
Before Christ was even born, Scripture informs us of what He was to be named – Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). John 3:17 declares that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn, but to save it
(John 3:17). These verses paint a clear picture of Jesus as our Savior.
He knew that we never could save ourselves, so He came to accomplish for us what we couldn’t do on our own. He was sent to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), His blood providing our justification (Romans 5:9). He took our sins upon Himself, and died in our place, that we might be made right with God. Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18). Because of what He has done, our wrongdoings are no longer counted against us (2 Corinthians 5:19), and in fact are remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12).
Christ’s saving work at the cross is offered to us as a free gift, which we need only receive. Instead of trying to save ourselves, He wants us to accept Him as our Savior. Rather than attempting to earn God’s blessings through our own actions, He desires for us to experience the unmerited favor He has made available to us. All of God’s Word points to His sacrifice on our behalf. His redeeming act provided a way for us to experience a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let’s receive Christ’s finished work. Let’s accept God’s offer of salvation, paid for by our wonderful Redeemer, as the free gift it was intended. Let’s turn from our own efforts, and rely completely on Jesus as our one and only Savior!