“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
Who do you call when you’re in trouble?
Last summer, the air conditioner in my home stopped blowing cold air. I did the things I could think of to try to get it to work again, but nothing worked. We ended up turning on a bunch of fans, but that didn’t really fix the problem, it just made it a little more bearable. I needed help.
So, who did I call?
A car mechanic?
No. I called an A/C repair company. I called them because they were the ones who could fix my problem.
You have a problem.
It’s worse than the A/C going out in the summer in Florida. Your problem is sin. It’s a problem we all have. That sin problem leads to death and condemnation. That’s a big problem!!! The question is,
“How do we fix our problem?”
For some, they try to fix it themselves. They try to stop doing whatever sin they feel particularly convicted against. They try to do more good things to make up for the sins they’ve done. However, this isn’t any more effective at fixing their sin problem than my ill-fated attempts at fixing my A/C. Sadly, some people do enough (in their own minds) that they feel more comfortable. That’s like me turning on fans. It still doesn’t fix the problem, even if the problem seems more bearable.
Others look to various other religions or philosophies. It’s kind of like me calling a plumber instead of an A/C tech, but at least with my A/C problem, the plumber will tell me they don’t fix A/C units. These other religions and philosophies, however, may promise they have a solution, but it’s not a true solution.
It would be more like some random person offered me a pass to visit the President in the Whitehouse. It doesn’t matter what the person tells me, in the end, when I get to the Whitehouse, they aren’t going to let me in. They are going to tell me I’ve been scammed. That person didn’t have the authority to authorize my entry. When it comes to saving us from our sin, there is only one with that authority.
Jesus is the only savior.
Jesus, as true God, has the authority to forgive our sins. Jesus, as true man, was also our perfect sacrifice, taking our place to reconcile us with God.
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20
The Bible tells us there is only one savior, only one name under heaven by which we must be saved, Jesus. Some see this as mean and intolerant. Why should we exclude those who turn to Muhammad or Budha? It’s not intolerant or mean, though, any more than it’s intolerant and mean to say you can’t replace the water you drink with battery acid and still live.
Jesus is the only one who can save us. He’s the only authority, the only sacrifice, and the only savior. The salvation Jesus offers is available to anyone who believes in Him. It’s free to all. So, let us turn to Him and receive the salvation He gives freely.
Thank You for offering Yourself as the perfect sacrifice for my sins and reconciling me to Yourself. You didn’t wait for me to fix myself, something I could never do. Instead, You offered Yourself up, so I could be saved. Then you gave it to me as a gift. Thank you.
In Christ’s Service,