Day Seventeen: The Promise of a Savior

“When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”  2 Samuel 7:12-13

I grew up going to church.  My parents were both religious people.  My mom grew up Cumberland Presbyterian and my dad grew up Catholic.  When they got married they decided to become Methodist!  We spent our Sundays worshiping the Lord at our church in my hometown.  I really loved that church and I truly enjoyed worship and Sunday school.

It was in my home and in that small church that I was taught about Jesus Christ.  I learned that He is our Savior.  I learned that He had been sent by God to be born on this earth so that He could save us from our sins and so that we could live forever with Him in heaven.

As a child it’s hard to grasp the reason we need a Savior.  But as I grew older, I realized how grateful I am that God did promise to send a Savior.  I’m also so very grateful that Jesus died on the cross so that I could live eternally with Him.

Do you remember the day you got saved?

I do.

Oct. 23, 1988.

I remember the feeling I got…an overwhelming feeling where I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted Jesus to be my Savior.  I believed that He died for me to save me from my sins.  I believe that He died so I could have eternal life with Him in heaven.  So, I quietly prayed alone in my bedroom that night and asked Jesus into my heart.

When did God promise a Savior?  Was it just before Jesus was born that He promised this?  Or a few years before that?  No, Jesus was actually promised by God way back in the Old Testament. I love how you can see this promise of Jesus in so many different places in the Old Testament.

One of those passages comes from the book of 2 Samuel 7:12-16.  This is God speaking to David promising to send someone after him.  Someone who would be from David’s lineage.  This Savior would establish God’s kingdom and would reign forever.

You also find the promise of a Savior in Isaiah 53.  It’s here that we see Isaiah prophecy about how Jesus would be the suffering servant.  Verses 3 & 5 says:  “He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from who others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account….But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his wounds we are healed.”

There are people today in our world that don’t believe Jesus is our Savior.  There are people today that think the story of Jesus is just a myth.  There are people in the world today who believe that Jesus never really existed.  This saddens me because it is my hope and desire for all people to accept this magnificent promise from God.  The one that He sent a Savior to us.  I want all people to believe in Jesus because it affects their eternity.

That’s why our job as Christians is so very important.  We must continue to spread the name of Jesus and that He is our promised Savior to all we meet.  It’s not an easy job either because sometimes we get nervous and are afraid of what others may think.  We are afraid to share His message because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  But friends we must share Jesus.  It could be the difference between heaven or hell for someone.

Everyone needs Jesus.  Not just some people, but all people.  Jesus is a message worth sharing.

Will you join me in proclaiming this promise from God to others?

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