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The Promise of a Savior

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

The tragedy of the Titanic is one that has been researched and written about time and time again.  A few years ago the movie brought even more attention to this puzzling tragedy.  The Titanic was the largest ship of its time, carrying over 2,200 passengers.  One of the details that puzzles many researchers it the fact that there were only twenty lifeboats on board, even though there was room for up to 60 lifeboats.  Each lifeboat was capable of holding between forty to sixty-five passengers.  The lifeboat was a promise of safety, security, and salvation to the people.  If something devastating were to happen to the ship, the lifeboats would save them.  We now know, according to estimates, that of the 2,200 passengers on board, only a little over 700 were rescued.  There was a promise of safety, security, and salvation, yet many people died that day.

In God's Word, we find promise after promise for mankind.  God loves us.  He created us in His image and breathed life into our bodies.  The greatest promise in the Bible is the promise of a Savior.  Why would mankind need a Savior?  Genesis 3 tells us the story of Adam and Eve and how sin was born.  Sin contaminated all of mankind, as Paul says in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  Paul goes on to say in Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death."  When we were helpless and hopeless because of sin, God stepped in and did something.  He promised a Savior.  A PROMISE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE ONE WHO MAKES THE PROMISE.  In the book of Joshua, we find many promises made to Joshua and to the Israelites.  And in Joshua 23, he reminds all the people that God is good on every promise He makes.  HE NEVER FAILS!  After the sin of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3, God makes more promises to mankind.  Because of sin, mankind will suffer; even the Savior will suffer.  God makes a promise to Satan that he will be crushed and sin will be defeated once and for all through the promised Savior.  Isaiah 53:4-5 says, "Surely he took our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."  Isaiah delivered God's promise of a Savior once again to mankind.  The Savior will be our substitute.  He will take our place upon the cross.  He will take the punishment that we deserve because of sin.  The Savior will save us from our sins.  He will bring the peace of God and the righteousness of God that we could never attain for ourselves.  We know through the gospels in the New Testament that a Savior was born; He is Jesus.  Jesus fulfilled the greatest promise of God - the promise of a Savior!

Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  Today, many people have lifeboats all around them.  For some, the lifeboat may be a spouse.  For others, the lifeboat may be a job.  And for even others, the lifeboat may be a bank account.  So many people are looking for security and salvation in the wrong places.  A PROMISE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE ONE WHO MAKES THE PROMISE.  There is no security, no salvation apart from Jesus Christ, the Savior.  The people and the things of this world will, at some point, fail.  Jesus never fails!  Believe in Him today!  Claim Him in your life today!  Live life fully and eternally in Him today!  It is a choice you have to make...

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