"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 ESV)
The Orphan's Rescuer
Being in a relationship with God implies that we have been made right with God. Turning away from our sins is certainly the first step, but forgiveness and salvation only happen through the grace and mercy of Jesus. His death on our behalf made salvation possible. Considering the extreme suffering he endured for us, our hearts should overflow with love and gratitude for him. Consider the following story:
An orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught on fire. The grandmother perished in the flames. The boys cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drainpipe and came back down with the boy clinging tightly to his neck. Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town's wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But as they talked, the lad's eyes remained focused on the floor. Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hands from his pockets, revealing severe scars on them. As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition. This was the man who had saved his life. His hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man's neck and held on for dear life. All fell silent as the custody issue was now resolved--those marred hands settled the issue.
Many voices are calling for our attention. Among them is the One whose nail-pierced hands remind us that He has rescued us from sin and its deadly consequences. To Him belongs our love and devotion.
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