Jesus Isn’t The Only Savior
But He Is Unique
With so many people and institutions providing life saving help for those in need, it isn’t quite accurate to say Jesus is the only Savior. But it is fair to say He is unique and that is the point of this and the following post.
When you understand the difference between Jesus and all the other saviors in the world you realize that He’s not only unique but also superior.
Let’s take a look.
- Jesus saves you from dependency
Jesus doesn’t replace the other saviors or compete with them. Instead, He honors them and encourages us to do the same.
Obeying the government (Romans 13:1-7), for example, is one way to do that since all life saving institutions are regulated by government.
But the point is, Jesus doesn’t promise to do any of the things I’ve already mentioned.
He won’t be your doctor or lawyer or political representative. He won’t save you from drowning, dig you out of car wrecks, help you overcome disasters – or prevent them in the first place – and He won’t give you instant knowledge.
He gave you the ability to learn. You still need to attend class and study.
When problems occur and people don’t survive it, you should definitely mourn that loss. When lives are wasted and abuse occurs you should take action but it isn’t fair to blame Jesus.
It may be legitimate to pray for Jesus to help the people who help us but He makes no promise to save humans in any way humans can save themselves. Doing for humanity what humanity can do for itself is not His purpose or agenda.
He wants these things done, yes. In fact, we could easily make the argument that Jesus, through the Bible, endorsed all the human saviors I mentioned in the previous post. Saying that, however, implies these responsibilities are assigned to humans not God.
We shouldn’t expect or waste time asking Jesus to interfere. If you want Jesus to help, focus on what needs doing and take action. His part is to help you not do it for you.
By not getting too involved and taking over, Jesus saves us from dependency. His apparent inaction is like the mother bird kicking chicks out the nest, forcing them to learn to fly.
The first thing Jesus saves is your life. Dependency dwarfs. Jesus doesn’t want that.
What about your soul?
Next post: Jesus saves souls!