As Easter appears on the horizon, Lorna Wilkinson wants to help us focus our minds on Jesus through a devotional series on the word at the very centre of the commemoration and celebration – Saviour ❤️✝️.
Banners are a popular feature on birthday cakes these days, signifying the special nature of the occasion. If a banner was displayed between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament, surely the word ‘SAVIOUR’ would be on it!
The story of the Saviour is woven into scripture from beginning to end. When man sinned in the Garden of Eden, God promised that a Saviour would come to destroy the enemy – “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” Genesis 3:15 (ESV) 📖
Many Prophets in the Old Testament declared the coming of the Saviour - “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one - to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6 💬.
When Zacchaeus came to the Saviour and confessed his sin, he was a transformed man. He knew he was lost and needed a Saviour. Jesus declared, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” 1 John 4:9-10. Religion is man trying to reach his God, but Christianity is God reaching down to man.
Let’s rejoice that the Saviour of the world has come! May the words of this hymn resonate in your heart this Easter 🎶:
1 Dear Saviour, Thou art mine,
How sweet the thought to me!
Let me repeat Thy name,
And lift my heart to Thee.
Mine! mine! mine!
I know Thou art mine;
Saviour, dear Saviour,
I know Thou art mine.
2 Thou art the sinner's Friend,
So I Thy friendship claim,
A sinner saved by grace,
When Thy sweet message came. [Refrain]
3 My hardened heart was touched;
Thy pardoning voice I heard;
And joy and peace came in,
While listening to Thy Word. [Refrain]
4 So let me sing Thy praise,
So let me call Thee mine;
I cannot doubt Thy word,
I know that I am thine. [Refrain]
‘Dear Saviour, thou art mine’, by Anna Hudson