Jesus, What a Savior!

Behold your divine possession! This redeeming God is our God. The God who redeemed us at a cost so dear and precious to Himself as the gift, the sufferings, and sacrifice of His only-begotten and beloved Son–who charged all our sins to Him, laid all our curse on Him, exacting from Him, as our Surety and Substitute, the utmost penalty of our transgressions and hell-deserving–this God of redemption is our God. The logical deduction of faith is, then, that, if the God of redemption is our God, it follows that the redemption of God is ours. This is our warrant to believe in Christ, to trust in God, to commit our souls to Jesus, and to accept His complete and free salvation unhesitatingly and unreservedly. This God, who provided to suitable and so great a redemption, is our God; therefore, we are justified in casting ourselves on the infinite merit, the atoning work, the sacrificial death of Jesus–yes, on Jesus, our personal Savior Himself–believing to be saved.

Trembling, fearful saint, this is your possession! If the God who redeemed you is yours, then avail yourself of all the precious blessings flowing from that great redemption: a present salvation, a full forgiveness of all sin, completeness in Christ, peace with God passing all understanding, and joy unspeakable and fully of glory.

You have nothing to do anymore with your personal unworthiness, countless sins, and deep poverty. The only object that should now engage your thoughts, fix your attention, and inspire your hopes is Jesus! If you were liable for a great debt, and a wealthy friend were to assume your responsibility and cancel it to the utmost fraction, you would justly reason, “Why do I need to be troubled about this matter anymore? Why yield to fear and despondency? I am released from responsibility, my obligation is canceled, my debt is paid, and I am legally discharged from all liability, arrest and judgment. I will emerge from the shadows and walk at liberty, bearing with me my legal protection and my full discharge, none daring to make me afraid.

Apply this simple reasoning to the salvation of your soul, and see what a blessed conclusion and happy peace it will bring you. Christ bound Himself in the covenant of grace to be our Surety. He became responsible to the moral government of God His Father for all its claims on His people. He said, “Let their sins meet on Me; let their curse rest with Me; let their punishment and condemnation fall on Me. I will pay all that my church owes. I will discharge all that My bride is responsible for; I will freely and fully endure all that My saints have most righteously incurred. Let these go their way.”

Oh what wondrous love! Oh, matchless grace! Oh, self-sacrificing mercy! Wonder, oh heavens, and be astonished, oh earth! With such an all-sufficient Savior and such a full, finished, and free discharge from the guilt of sin, the condemnation of the law, and the arrest of justice, will you continue your heavenly journey like this, with your soul bowed down to the ground, your harp silent upon the willow, your path wet with tears, with the desert hearing nothing but your sighs, groans, and complaints? Rise, for He calls you! Jesus bids you come and walk in the light and joy of His salvation. Uplift your head, take down your harp, retune and sweep its strings to the high praises of Emmanuel; your great debt is paid and “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1) Let the church of the New Testament sing with the church of the Old, but with a louder voice: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isa. 61:10)

–Octavius Winslow from Our God

2 thoughts on “Jesus, What a Savior!

  1. Carol Robertson says:

    Oh Ingrid, What a wonderful way to prepare my mind for Sunday morning service – thanks so much for sharing this! Love in Christ, Carol

  2. Scotti says:

    Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;

    This post really stirs my spirit. Thank you for posting.

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