4 Little Letters BUT a Large Meaning

2 save

Have you ever had to be saved from something?  A burning house.  Drowning in a pool.  A car wreck.  An abusive relationship.

What about being saved from being at a certain place when something bad was going to happen?  Being late for work and avoiding an accident.  Not making it to work on 9/11 and being in the Twin Towers.

Firemen, policeman, dispatchers for 911, and hospital workers save people every day.  Their job description includes saving people.  Maybe you work in a profession where you save people.  How do you feel when you know you have just helped save someone’s life?  Do you feel like you are complete?  Do you feel happy?  Do you feel like you have made a difference in someone’s life?

What if you saved someone and didn’t even know you did?  What if you said something to someone or smiled at them and did not realize you have just saved them from committing suicide?  What if something you spoke to a young girl in Sunday school class years before comes spiraling back into her mind as she is about to walk into an abortion clinic?

Save – four little letters with so much meaning.  If someone asked you what save meant, what would your response be?  On dictionary.com, the first three meanings of save are as follows.

  • to rescue from danger or possible harm, injury, or loss
  • to keep safe, intact, or unhurt; safeguard
  • preserve, to keep from being lost

Let’s take each letter and dig a little deeper into the meaning of save from a biblical standpoint of being saved.

SINS

Our Savior Jesus Christ was sent here to SAVE us from our SINS.  Jesus was born from a virgin and is the only person born without sin.  He came and walked on this earth over 2000 years ago spreading the Good News, healing people, and died for each one of our sins.  He was crucified on a cross to save each one of us if we accept HIM as our Lord of Lords.  No one can ever save us from anything better.  Yes, a doctor may save our life but who gave him the knowledge and ability.  Someone may speak words to us to lead us to accept Jesus, but who gave them those words – Jesus.   Jesus Christ is the ultimate Savior.  He is the one who can save us from eternal death in hell.  He is the only one who can give us eternal life by being saved.

Matthew 1:21 (NIV).   She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Acts 2:21 (NIV).  ‘And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Acts 4:12 (NIV).  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Have you responded to Jesus’s calling to save you from your sins?

ACCEPT

When you were growing up, did you want to be accepted by the other kids at school?  Did you want to be accepted by your mother and father?  We all want to be accepted by others.  It is human nature to be accepted by friends, colleagues, and family.  What happens when you are not accepted?  We become sad, mad, or full of fear.  We may think we are not worthy to be accepted by anyone.  BUT there is one that will accept all of us no matter what.  Jesus Christ loves you and will accept you no matter what you have done if you call on Him and accept Him.  Jesus will accept you but you will have to accept Him.  How do you think it makes Him feel for us not to accept Him?  Maybe He feels like you do sad, mad, and full of fear for our future.

Psalm 6:9 (NIV).   The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.
Proverbs 4:10 (NIV).  Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
James 1:21 (NIV).  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior so HE can save you from your sins?

VICTORY

Don’t you just love winning a contest or game?  We all love the feel of victory and hate the agony of defeat.  What about the victory we have in Jesus Christ?  Jesus Christ took the agony on the cross so we could win the race and have the victory.  How many people would you die for on a cross so they could have victory?  I could not say it any better than the words for the old hymn, “Victory in Jesus*.”

I heard an old, old story
How a Savior came from glory
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning
Of His precious blood’s atoning
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory

I heard about His healing
Of His cleansing pow’r revealing
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus
Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea
About the angels singing
And the old redemption story
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory

CHORUS

O victory in Jesus
My Savior, forever
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory
Beneath the cleansing flood

Have you acknowledged that Jesus Christ won the victory for you?

EVERLASTING

Do you know of anything that last forever?  There is one thing I know is everlasting – Jesus Christ and His love for us.  His kingdom is everlasting.  We can live with Jesus in His kingdom if we accept Him for saving us.  Everlasting is a long time, it’s forever.  I know I want to live with my Jesus forever what about you?

Psalm 103:17-18 (NIV).  But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—  with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Psalm 119:142 (NIV).  Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.
Psalm 145:13 (NIV).  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as the everlasting God who will save you from all iniquities?

James 1.21

As you go about living each day, will you remember that you have been saved for a price?  A price you can never repay.  A price worth more than silver and gold.  Will you take the price Jesus Christ paid on Calvary’s Hill and accept Him today?  Will you let Jesus SAVE you today (Sins, Accept, Victory, and Everlasting)?  I pray you will.  If you need prayer, please comment and I will be glad to lift your name up to God or drop to your knees now and pray to the ONLY SAVIOR WE CAN DEPEND ON!!!


 *Source:  http://www.songlyrics.com/various-artists/victory-in-jesus-lyrics/#U4e8ZZrYUwGJy3h0.99

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