Day: April 5, 2019

What does it mean that Jesus saves?

What does it mean that Jesus saves?


“What does it mean that Jesus saves?”


“Jesus saves” is a popular slogan on bumper stickers, signs at athletic events, and even banners being pulled across the sky by small airplanes. Sadly, few who see the phrase “Jesus saves” truly and fully understand what it means. There is a tremendous amount of power and truth packed into those two words.

Jesus saves, but who is Jesus?
Most people understand that Jesus was a man who lived in Israel approximately 2,000 years ago. Virtually every religion in the world views Jesus as a good teacher and/or a prophet. And while those things are most definitely true of Jesus, they do not capture who Jesus truly is, nor do they explain how or why Jesus saves. Jesus is God in human form (John 1:1, 14). Jesus is God, come to Earth, as a true human being (1 John 4:2). God became a human being in the person of Jesus in order to save us. That brings up the next question: why do we need to be saved?

Jesus saves, but why do we need to be saved?
The Bible declares that every human being who has ever lived has sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23). To sin is to do something, whether in thought, word, or deed, that contradicts God’s perfect and holy character. Because of our sin, we all deserve judgment from God (John 3:18, 36). God is perfectly just, so He cannot allow sin and evil to go unpunished. Since God is infinite and eternal, and since all sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), only an infinite and eternal punishment is sufficient. Eternal death is the only just punishment for sin. That is why we need to be saved.

Jesus saves, but how does He save?
Because we have sinned against an infinite God, either a finite person (us) must pay for our sins for an infinite amount of time, or an infinite Person (Jesus) must pay for our sins one time. There is no other option. Jesus saves us by dying in our place. In the person of Jesus Christ, God sacrificed Himself on our behalf, paying the infinite and eternal penalty only He could pay (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2). Jesus took the punishment that we deserve in order to save us from a horrible eternal destiny, the just consequence of our sin. Because of His great love for us, Jesus laid down His life (John 15:13), paying the penalty that we had earned, but could not pay. Jesus was then resurrected, demonstrating that His death was indeed sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins (1 Corinthians 15).

Jesus saves, but whom does He save?
Jesus saves all who will receive His gift of salvation. Jesus saves all those who fully trust in His sacrifice alone as the payment for sin (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). While Jesus’ sacrifice was perfectly sufficient to pay for the sins of all humanity, Jesus only saves those who personally receive His most precious of gifts (John 1:12).

If you now understand what it means that Jesus saves, and you want to trust in Him as your personal Savior, make sure you understand and believe the following, and as an act of faith, communicate the following to God:

God, I know that I am a sinner, and I know that because of my sin I deserve to be eternally separated from you. Even though I do not deserve it, thank you for loving me and providing the sacrifice for my sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and I trust in Him alone to save me. From this point forward, help me to live my life for you instead of for sin. Help me to live the rest of my life in gratitude for the wonderful salvation you have provided.

Thank you, Jesus, for saving me!”

4 Practical Prayers to Ask God for Help

4 Practical Prayers to Ask God for Help

We live in a world that is full speed ahead all the time. It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives doing what we do: going to work, shuttling kids, running errands, and all the other responsibilities that we have. We live in a society that promotes self-reliance and the idea that we should be “Wonder Woman” or “Superman” and not need anyone.

The constant pressures of life and society make it so easy to forget that we need God in our lives. We get caught up trying to juggle everything ourselves and don’t rely on Him. It’s no wonder we often feel exhausted and at our wits’ end when life keeps piling it on. We need God. Everyone needs Jesus every day. If you have been carrying life’s burdens on your own and haven’t been mindful of how much you need God lately, don’t despair. It happens sometimes, and thankfully we serve an awesome, loving God who gives us a fresh slate every day.

Here are some prayers to help you ask for God’s help:

A Prayer for God’s Help

Dear Lord,

I pray over my circumstances right now. I pray You will give me peace about what I can’t change and the wisdom to change the things I can. I’m asking You to reach into my life and do Your will. Guide me and give me the discernment to hear Your voice. Help me to overcome these adversities and have victory in You on the other side. I thank You for the plans You have for me and give You the praise and glory, even in this current storm. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer for Faith in God

Dear Lord,

I thank You for the gift of faith. Although things have been difficult, I’m trying to stay positive and keep the faith. Lord, I ask that You help encourage me. Bring a passage of scripture to my attention, send the perfect song my way, or place someone in my life to lift me up. Thank You for all You’re doing that I can’t see yet. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer for Dependence on God

Dear Lord,

I have been struggling with depending on You. I have been trying to carry this thing called “life” on my own. Thank You so much for being my rock and never deserting me. Even though I have been distracted, I always know that I can lean on You in all circumstances. Help me to keep my eyes on You and not depend on myself all the time. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer to Know God More

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I get so lost in my life and don’t know what to do. During these times, I wish I knew You more. Help me to grow closer to You and understand You. I want to hear Your voice and let You guide me on this road called life. Please draw closer to me and surround me with people that will help me to know You personally. Ignite a spark in my heart to have a personal relationship with You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

How God Loves You

God loves you in so many ways. No matter what you are going through, He’s right there with you. God knows your circumstances and your struggles. He knows all the different emotions that you are going through and all the thoughts that run through your head. Still, He loves you, regardless of any doubts or fears that you have.

Some ways that God loves us include:

  • Providing for us in trying times.
  • Bringing a particular passage, scripture verse, or song to our attention to remind us we are not alone.
  • Working in the background of our lives (and others) even though we aren’t able to see it.
  • Bringing the right opportunities into our lives when we feel all is lost.
  • Filling us with His peace and love to comfort us.
  • Sending people into our lives to comfort us, encourage us, and teach us.

How to Have Faith in God

Having faith in God is crucial and goes hand-in-hand with needing Him. There are many ways to have faith in God that are important for long-time believers, new believers, and those who are restoring their faith as well.

  • Have a personal relationship with Jesus. This is most important above anything else.
  • Ask for faith from God. John 14:13 says, “You can ask anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
  • When problems arise, seek God first and listen carefully with an open heart.
  • Open up to God about everything, for He already knows every thought that goes through your head.
  • Read the Bible and pray every day.
  • Surround yourself with other believers that you trust and can talk to.

Bible Verses about Our Need for God

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

(James 1:5)

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

(1 Timothy 6:17)

“In those days you will pray, and I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

(Jeremiah 29:12-13)