TURN TO HIM AND BE SAVED!
Monday, 2 September 2019
Isaiah 45 : 18-25
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” -Isaiah 45:22[ESV]
This is a call by the Almighty GOD to all people- even to the farthest ends of the earth: to turn to Him to be saved.
In one sense, “to be saved” means to be taken from a place of danger to a place of safety! There is an interesting story of a man who got “saved” from the sinking Titanic and from hell as well- as the ship struck the iceberg and people were drowning, attempting to get into the life boats, there was this Scottish evangelist, John Harper frantically trying to lead people to salvation before they sank. He came across this young man afloat on a piece of debris to whom he addressed: ‘Are you saved?’ The man said ‘No’ and refused to be led to Christ. Harper swam off to others but a few minutes later came back to that man and finally succeeded in leading him to salvation. Harper died but this man, one of the six survivors rescued, lived to tell the story of how he was saved!
A man who is far from His Creator, living in rebellion and following the course of this world is already heading towards hell. This is the place of danger that he needs to be saved from and be brought into the eternal kingdom of God! And that is exactly why Jesus Christ came into the world: to save us- “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).
God has declared in His Word that salvation is found in no other than Jesus Christ and GOD has given no other name which mankind can call on, to be saved (Acts 4:12). He is the Saviour of the world. The name “Jesus” itself means “Saviour.”
Why should people turn to Him to be saved? -because He is GOD and there is none else. No other “gods” or idols, or idolized people or religious beliefs can save man from being eternally damned. We have to turn from the wrong way we have been walking so far- away from God and His ways and turn to Him. He is able to save both in this life and the life to come! For man to have access to the saving grace of God, the Bible reveals that God took human form and came in the likeness of human beings - one of the names of Jesus Christ given in the Bible is Emmanuel which means – God with us!
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and no one gets to the Living GOD except through Him (John 14:6). He is the connecting link for sinful man to holy God because Jesus Christ was fully human and fully God while He was living on this earth. God being righteous and holy would not accept sinful man in his fallen condition. At the same time because of God’s love for man, He wanted to save man! The loving God, established a way to accept sinful man without compromising His righteousness – the punishment as the consequence of sin, which is death, was borne by Jesus Christ and anyone who puts his trust in Jesus by admitting his own sins, will be accepted by God, since the punishment for his sins are already borne by Jesus.
God declares that person as righteous, just as Jesus Christ! In the Bible this is called imputed righteousness! Only God could do this and HE calls us today to receive this exchange that happened on the cross of Calvary – bring your sinfulness to Jesus and receive His righteousness!
Would you heed to GOD’s call to turn to Him and be saved today?
Thought for the Day:
“And we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”
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