Salvation by Mark Palmer

“God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! John 3:17 (TPT)

I love this scripture. It reminds me of Jesus’ purpose and mission. He came to save! Jesus didn’t come to point the finger at anybody and shout, “Turn or burn!” Instead He went to the sinner and showed them compassion, kindness, and love. Jesus healed the sick, made the blind see, fed the hungry, and raised the dead.
Jesus Himself died on a cross so that we could be rescued from death, which is an eternal separation from God the Father forever. Jesus’ sacrifice gave us a new life.
Another huge observation in this verse is that God sent Jesus to the world for the world. This verse lets us know that God wants ALL people to be saved. No one is excluded from this salvation. However, we are given the choice to take it or leave it. Jesus demonstrated God’s heart in action and He did not force himself on anyone. Jesus always gave people the choice to follow Him. He has not changed, Jesus still gives us the same choice today… Will you follow him?
I think the application to this scripture is pretty clear, but the Apostle Paul says it best in Romans 10:9-13 it states, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
As we start this 21day fast, let us submit ourselves to The Lord and allow Him to guide our steps throughout the rest of this year.
Jesus, You are my Lord. Thank You for saving me, for loving me, and for sacrificing Yourself for me. Please lead me and give me the strength I need to walk through this fast. I love You.