DAY 1: The Role of a Savior
Over the previous three weeks we’ve taken the opportunity to see how Jesus fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. One person having the wisdom, character, and authority to fulfill all of these roles was completely unheard of. Jesus’ ability to fulfill all three indicated that He was much more than a prophet, much more than a priest, and much more than a king. He was and continues to be, a savior for people.
The word savior isn’t a term used often in the English language. As odd as it may sound, some lists of the most commonly used English words indicate that terms such manure and dimage are used more frequently in published writings than savior.
There are many possible reasons as to why the term savior is used so infrequently. One possibility is that the term itself indicates that someone or something is in need of being rescued, and some may object to the idea that they are in need of being rescued.
But this was the primary role of Jesus – to rescue us. Our own safety and protection mattered more to Him than anything.
READING & JOURNALING:
Do you know anybody who objects to the idea that they are in need of being rescued?
In your own words, how would you express to others that you have been rescued or saved by Jesus?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t often think about how to share my faith with others. I would say I believe it’s important to do, but that doesn’t mean I actually go out and do it. This week, provide me opportunities to not just say I believe it’s important to share my faith, but instead, give me opportunities to actually share it. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 1 Samuel 1 & 2
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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Next Message Series: Beginning January 5