For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)
For the next 3 posts we are going to take a brief look at the Job description for a Messiah.
The first requirement is He must be a Savior.
The word Savior here is “sōtēr” which comes from the root “sōzō,” another of my favorites words in the Bible. It is very similar to the word we looked at yesterday – Shalom.
Here are some places it is used.
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21 NASB)
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour (Matthew 9:21-22 KJV)
And besought him greatly, saying , My little daughter lieth at the point of death : I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live . (Mark 5:23 KJV)
"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 NASB)
So this job description includes the power to Save, Heal, and Make Whole.
I have heard it said “When Jesus saves a person, He saves the whole person.” But I will go you one better. When Jesus saves a broken person He make them whole.” [Tweet This]
This is what the writer to the Hebrews is saying:
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)
I love this – He saves us, and keeps us saved by His constant intercession for us. What an awesome Savior we have!