Day 7: Jesus, Saviour, and Solution
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Jesus Christ is my Saviour. He is also the Saviour of the world. He was introduced by John the Baptist as the lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. Having said all that though, not everyone in the world recognizes that fact. Not everyone will accept the salvation and solution that He offers.
Human problems are sourced from our sinful nature. Jesus said all the evil that humans do is all from the heart. They stem from how we are programmed by our fallen nature to think and therefore act. If Jesus is the solution to the sin condition as we have seen in previous devotions, then we can safely say that He is also the solution to every human problem. Whatever takes care of the root cause of the human problem can also become the ongoing solution to ongoing problems occasioned by our imperfect states or should I say fractured wiring as humans.
Just because we have been saved does not mean we won’t encounter difficulties that require further divine intervention. As we have seen in the devotional from yesterday, spiritual warfare is the default position. Furthermore, Jesus is interested in helping us out with our daily lives. Before He left the scene He made clear that He would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to be with us and to guide us into all truth.
While here he demonstrated being the solution. For Peter’s mother-inlaw in Luke 4:38-40, Jesus healed her from a debilitating fever and she was able to resume caring for her family and the guests in their home, in Luke 5, for the disciples who had fished all night and caught nothing he represented the solution of an economic downturn, for the hopeless mad man of the Gadarenes in Mark 5, once possessed by 1,000 demons, Jesus became the solution. In Luke 19, to Zaccheaus the guilt-laden taxman, hated by his own people for being a tool of the Roman oppressors, Jesus brought relief and freedom to the point that Zacchaeus was willing to give half of his wealth away for the knowledge of Christ. For an irritable temple tax situation in Matthew 17 that Peter and the Master were confronted with, we see again Jesus creating a solution miraculously.
“Lest we offend them go to the sea cast in a hook and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money, take that and give it to them for Me and you”Matthew 17:27 NKJV
On and on we see the Lord lovingly inserting Himself in very distinct ways in people’s lives as the One and only Solvent. His Holy Spirit is at work right now as an agent bringing about solutions.
All I am saying is that Jesus has more to offer than saving us and taking us to heaven. He wants to be involved in our lives here on earth in every way imaginable. And He does this by His Spirit. The account in Acts has one of the most beautiful summaries of Jesus the Solution:
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”Acts 10:38 NKJV
Do you know Jesus as the Saviour of your soul? If your answer is yes, can you also say that you know Him as the Solution? Do you take everything to Him in prayer? Have you rehearsed the name of your children in His ears? Do you bring everything to Him? He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
“Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”Psalm 119:165 NKJV
Thanksgiving and Prayer
- Give thanks for day 7 and ask for strength to continue to day 14
- Give thanks for all that the Lord will accomplish in our lives this year
- What are some immediate problems you can hand over to Him now? List them and talk to Him intentionally about them. Matthew 7:7-11
- Pray that Jesus will be the Solution for the difficulties the Church is facing right now in Canada. Ask the Lord to visit His church again like on Pentecost.
- Pray that Jesus will be the Solution for the end of the pandemic this year and that God should reveal all that is covered.