The importance of a Savior in Jesus Christ has been argued ever since his life on this earth. He is believed by millions as the Savior of the world. But the question is, do we actually need a Savior? Many believe that the world can very much function well without a Savior. Does the world actually need a Savior? A Savior is someone who helps and saves in the time of adversity. We don’t need someone to save us unless we are in adversity. Many of us think we live in a perfect world. But the actual truth is that we are denying there is something wrong and proclaiming it as the truth. If we carefully look around, we can witness the imperfections that is present everywhere.
Are we living a perfect life without adversity or are we actually denying it? If a man falls in to a pit and if he doesn’t acknowledge that he is fallen and fails to shout for help, nobody is going to hear him and lift him up from the pit. Many times we deny the reality that is seen around and walk as though nothing had happened. It is true that the world is filled with adversity; it is also true that the world needs a Savior.
Bible tells that all the adversity that is seen around is because of human sin. The origin of sin is when man disobeyed God, the sin then became the root cause of death, the greatest of all adversities. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death”. Death is an indicator of human sin. Death alone signifies human limitations, imperfections and above all his adversity. Law, Science and philosophies came to a point and stopped in dealing with adversity, at different levels.
Why do we need a Savior? We need a Savior because we have limitations; Limitations which grapple human minds, even with the anonymity about their own origin and the origin of the universe, as everything stays in assumptions. We are prone to adversities and that’s the reality and it is our limitation. We need a savior to help in our limitations. What kind of Savior do we need? Do we need a fictional Savior like a superman or a batman, to use his power in order to save people? We all know it is not real. We create saviors in our imagination like this, because we failed to recognize someone who actually lived. A Savior who is one among us, who stand beside us and face all the adversity on behalf of us, is the Savior we all need.
A Leader’s bodyguard has been trained for years just for one purpose, which is to shield or even die for the one who was committed to him. He has to shield him from adversity in any form, even if it costs his own life. That is the kind of Savior we all need, a real Savior.
Isaiah 53:4-6 says “Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrow, yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, by his stripes we are healed”.
A Savior who was wounded for what we have done, A Savior who died on the cross for our iniquities, A Savior who in our place suffered all the adversity and bore all our sins, A Savior who overcame death by His resurrection is the Savior we all need.
John the Baptist testifies of Jesus “Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Sin has brought man the adversity. The exchange happened when Jesus took our sin, bore our adversity in the form of death and gave us new life that is in Him. The blood of Jesus washed the sins of the world, the root cause of all adversity. The place where we have to be, He replaced us.
Let’s go back to the illustration of the bodyguard, where he gives his life to save the leader of a nation. Just think how the leader will feel, how important and special he will feel, how undeserving he will feel and how responsible he will feel towards what he did every single day after such an incident. His life will not be same anymore, because someone has died for him to live, he knows he is really of worth, more than when he got thousand accolades when he came to the position. That’s what Jesus did. He made us all feel precious and special when He gave himself for us in the cross of Calvary.
We can go on denying the fact that we actually need a Savior. But are we aware of our limitations and our vulnerability? Do we realize we need a Savior to lift us up when we are down? If it is true, what kind of Savior do we need? Truly, Jesus is all we need!