Saviour

What Are You Worth?

You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Some years ago, Harold J. Morowitz, a leading chemist, received a birthday card from his daughter. The card read, “According to biochemists, the materials of your body are worth only 98 cents!” Morowitz thought, “Is that really what I’m worth?” He got out his chemical catalogue and began looking up the prices of all the body’s chemicals. What he found was surprising. At the time, haemoglobin was selling for $285 a gram. Insulin was marketed for $47.50 a gram. The price went climbing with less common items like alkaline phosphatase at $225 a gram. 

John, God’s Living Advertisement

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4

Years ago, a Christian baroness living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, hired a young national to be her houseboy. After three months, he asked the baroness for a letter of reference. He wanted to work for a friendly sheik that lived some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave, offered to increase his pay. The lad shared he was not moving on to receive a higher salary. Some time ago he had decided to become a Christian or a Muslim; it was that search which brought him to work for the baroness. He wanted to see how Christians lived. Now he was going to work for a believer in Islam. Then he would make his decision. 

Jesus, Our Saviour

[The LORD] said, “Surely they are My people, sons who will not be false to Me”; and so He became their Saviour. Isaiah 63:8

You don’t have to read very far into the first books of the Bible to learn that the people of Israel did not live up to God’s expectations. The Lord Himself says as much just a couple sentences later in Isaiah 63. But that is one of the wonderful lessons of the Old Testament – God does not choose His people because they are any better or worse than others. God chooses them because they need a Saviour. 

Jesus, Our Promise Fulfilled

“Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

Ever heard anyone say, “Now I can die happy”? Perhaps people are joking when they say that because there’s certainly nothing that could spoil a happy moment more than death itself. Simeon wasn’t joking, but then his expression of praise for God is much deeper than mere trivial emotion. While God had promised that Simeon would see the promised Christ before he died, Simeon wasn’t just happy that his own Saviour had been born, he was praising God that this child, Jesus, would be the Saviour for all people.