Do you need a Savior?

“I understand the importance of the cross but that sometimes, or most times, our emphasis on it seems to detract from what I believe is the greater message of Jesus and that is: He shows us how to live.”

One big problem I have with the Apostles Creed is that it doesn’t focus more on the life of Jesus. He is born and then he suffers, that’s about it according to the creed. To me the life, teaching and example of Jesus is at the core center of my faith.

Do you need a Savior?

If God is going to restore all things to Himself, do you need a Savior?
If hell is either not there, or there for only a few who will not eventually love Christ in the next life, or a place where God still loves, do you need a Savior?
If Jesus was about loving the poor, and taking care of the lame, and meeting earthly needs, do you need a Savior?
If Jesus’ living, and not His dying is at the core of your faith, do you need a Savior?
If the Greater message of Jesus is His showing us how to live, do you need a Savior?
If sin is punishment, in and of itself, do you need a Savior?
If God is most glorified just by loving us, sin and all, do you need a Savior?

This, to me, is the crux of what breaks my heart – for the modern gospel, as it seeks to elevate all of fallen man, and the rest of creation in God’s mind, nullifies much of Jesus’ work on the cross.

The history of redemption climaxes at the death of Christ. It is the central moment in history. It is why, in heaven, they sing praises of their Lamb: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God….” (Rev 5:9) It is why Christ said He came: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified… Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” (John 12:23,27)

We need a Savior. Above all else. We were dead in our sins. We can not save ourselves. We are in Spiritual darkness, apart from a belief in Him. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. If all we preach is humanity in this life, and taking care of the poor and the lost and the hurting, we are loving people to hell. Without a Savior they are without hope. May we not remove the cross from the center…

“remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:12,13

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeromy
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 11:09:53

    Perhaps we have a savior, whether we feel like we need him or not.

    Reply

  2. Nicole
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 22:28:16

    Salvation is for those who believe in Christ, for the forgiveness of sins….

    Reply

  3. New look
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 13:42:45

    Really nice post and hope you ‘ll do more and more, thanks for comments option.

    Reply

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