Theologians At Lunch

Jesus the Saviour: with Brian Harris

As Christmas draws ever closer, we’ve been looking at some of the titles given to Jesus. 1 John 4:14 tells us that “the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.” There it is – Jesus, the Saviour of the World.

Of course that might conjure up an image of Jesus as a Superman kind of figure, rescuing the world from some imminent danger. After all, doesn’t a saviour save you from something? So what is it that Jesus saves us from?

He saves us from living a life apart from God. By coming and living amongst us, Jesus shows us what God is like – and invites us into friendship with God. When we meet Jesus we are saved from thinking that we are simply creatures of time, and realise that we were made for eternity – and that we are invited to be in relationship with God. What has kept us from that relationship is our sin. Now sin might sound a drastic word, but in the Bible it usually means a failure to meet the target. Our sin is our failure to be all that God made us to be. That’s what changes when we come into relationship with Jesus – for in the first instance God wants to be in relationship with us – and we miss the target when we aren’t.

By introducing us to God, Jesus keeps us from missing the goal of our life – for until we meet God, we need a Saviour – and Jesus is willing to be your Saviour (the one who introduces you to God) – and indeed, the Saviour of the world.

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