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God is Savior
By Dr. J. Wesley Hertel  
Saturday, April 23


Scripture
Matthew 1:21
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.”

Devotion
I have never seen an angel, at least one that I recognized.  But, angels must be very convincing.  An angel persuaded Joseph that Mary had not been unfaithful.  The baby she was expecting was special and wonderful, and he was to name him Jesus, “because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).  God’s purpose for Jesus’ life was established from the outset.

As I said in my message on March 27, “The whole basis of Christianity is that the human race as a whole and individually is too far removed from God to make it on our own.  We need a Savior.  We can’t earn salvation on our way.  We need a Savior.  We don’t deserve heaven.  We need a Savior.  God saw our need, and He provided a Savior.”  

The Bible is clear that God has provided only one way to be saved, and that is thru Jesus!  Peter boldly and clearly proclaimed:  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  Paul writes that it is “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. . .and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Of all of God’s attributes, the one for which we should be most thankful
is—Savior.  If God didn’t save us, nothing else would matter.  As we come to the end of another Lenten Season, we see again the length that God was willing to go to save us.

GOD SAVES!  LET THE EARTH REJOICE!

Prayer
Thank you God for giving us Jesus and loving us enough to save us and take us to heaven someday to be with you forever. Amen.

Other scripture references
Mt 1:18-25; Acts 4:11-12; Rom 8: 31-34; Phil 2:9-11; Titus 3:3-7

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