The following is a sermon transcription with a question, ‘Do we need a Saviour to save us?’
If we were to be asked this question, perhaps our answer would be, “It depends on what situation we are in.”
Do We Need A Saviour To Save Us?
(adapted from a sermon by Pr Simon Chin)
A few years ago, a great earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale struck Japan. Perhaps that was the biggest earthquake on record. It was followed by a tsunami. When the water rushed from the sea into the land, vehicles and houses were swept away and the airports were flooded. People in such a great disaster definitely need somebody to save them. Many times before anyone can save them, they would have perished. However there is an Almighty God who is omnipotent and He saves even in extreme situation of danger.
In the earthquake in Christchurch situated in the South Island of New Zealand, some years ago, about 100 people died and many buildings in the city collapsed. Thank God the merciful Saviour that though there were several True Jesus Church Christchurch members in the city when the earthquake struck, not one of them was injured.
In the bible, there were many people who were in great trouble and who needed a Saviour. They found Jesus Christ the Lord and they were all saved.
Mark 5:25-34 records of a certain woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years. She had suffered a lot, sought many physicians, spent all that she had on finding a cure but did not get better, and instead grew worse.
When the woman heard about Jesus, she decided to come behind the Lord Jesus and touch His garments. This woman believed that Jesus was her Saviour. For a woman with twelve years flow of blood, it was not easy for her to come behind the Lord in the midst of the crowds of people. When she did, the fountain of her blood dried up immediately. She felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus knew somebody had touched Him and He wanted this woman with faith to relate and bear testimony of this miracle. Mark 5:33 states: ‘But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before the Lord and told Him the whole truth. So Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.’”
Jesus Christ is the omnipotent God; He is able to cure all sicknesses.
Jesus Christ performed many miracles when He was preaching in Judea and Galilee. Many people experienced Jesus Christ as their Saviour. When He ascended to heaven, He gave authority to His disciples to preach the gospel and power to perform miracles.
Mark 16:15-18 records that those who trust in Him will similarly experience the great power of God. Jesus Christ sent His disciples out to preach the gospel, saying to them, “Go out into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. These signs will follow those who believe. In My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The name of Jesus is the name of God and is the only name by which man is saved. In Acts 4:10-12, Apostle Peter said, “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Even in the present times, miracles are performed in the name of the Lord Jesus. Some 15 years ago, a church sister telephoned a preacher one evening, asking, “Preacher can you come over to my house? My husband would like to hear the gospel.” So that evening the preacher went to her house with some church members. When the husband of the church sister talked with the preacher, he burst into tears immediately. He said he had not been able to sleep for three months already. He worked in a renown hospital and had consulted all the doctors there. All those friends had given him advice and prescribed him sleeping pills. They could not find anything medically wrong with him.
For many years, his wife had tried to preach to him but he did not feel that he needed Jesus Christ. During that visit, the preacher recalled a testimony from Taiwan of a similar case of insomnia and the patient was cured through prayers. Thus with full confidence in the power of Jesus Christ the preacher said, “ Simple, all you have to do is believe in Jesus and pray. I am sure when you pray you would be able to sleep.” He agreed and got down on his knees. God heard his prayers and His saving grace came upon him.
Early in the morning the next day, the preacher received a call from the wife again. She said, “Thank God, thank God, preacher, my husband slept last night. Not many hours though but he managed to sleep.” The preacher said, “Continue to pray.” That was how he recovered. Very humbly he repented, came to church and believed the Lord. He was baptized and later received the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is His Saviour, who healed him of his sickness.
In the bible, there were also cases of people possessed by the demons. When a person is possessed by demons, no physician can cure that person. Only God has power over the demons. Only God can be his Saviour. Mark Chapter 9 records of a father who came to Jesus because his son was possessed. But the disciples could not cast out the demons. Therefore the disciples brought this father and son to the Lord Jesus Christ. The man had some doubts but Jesus Christ had compassion and cast out the demon from the boy. Certainly the man needed a saviour, but who could save this small boy? Only Jesus, God the Saviour, could cure the son of his sickness. So the father implored the Lord Jesus to help him.
People who are in trouble certainly need a Saviour. What about the rest? Do those who presently enjoy peace, good jobs and have beautiful families need a Saviour? The bible says all men need God to save them because all men have sinned against God.
Romans 3:10-18 states that in the eyes of God, mankind had become depraved. We have fallen into sin, and the lives of man are filled with sin. As such, none of us can save another.
A sister who had returned from Christchurch said that it is now rumoured that the reason why Christchurch was struck with such a destructive earthquake was due to the tolerance of gays and gay marriages. Even the icon church building in Christchurch was partially destroyed. We all know that New Zealand is a Christian country. Christchurch itself is a city built in the beginning for Christians and was originally a city meant only for Christians. That is why it is called Christchurch. But over the years, many idols and temples had been erected there. Many evil things are been done in the world. Recently the law passed in many countries permits gay marriages. The world is full of evil and all evil deeds are abominable before God. The consequence of sin is that there will be judgment, the wrath of God.
Revelation Chapter 20 states that God’s judgment will come on the last day and on that day heavens and earth will pass away. All shall stand before the great white throne of God. Even the dead shall rise to be judged. The judgment of God will be according to what we have done, by what is written in the books. On that day, those in Hades would be delivered up. Even the dead shall be judged according to what they have done in this life. Due to the sins of man, there will be the punishment in the lake of fire. This is the second death. But those written in the Book of Life have no part with the second death.
Who are those whose names are written in the Book of Life? They are the ones who are saved. But those who are not saved and who persist in the life of sins, will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. According to what Jesus Christ said, it will be an everlasting punishment. Indeed the judgment for sinners will be everlasting.
Because of sins there is judgment. Even if one commits small sins, he is still not righteous. He stands accountable to God for whatever he does. Jeremiah 13:23 states, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil”.
This is not a criticism but it is the truth about man’s ways. A man who is accustomed to do evil cannot do good. He can no longer do good. He needs a Saviour and only God can be his Saviour. God the Saviour is Jesus Christ. If one knows Jesus Christ, he can be saved from evil and able to do righteously.
Does everyone need Jesus to be His Saviour? Yes! For it is not only he who is in trouble who needs to be saved. But everyone living in this world needs to be delivered from sins and eternal judgment to be saved unto everlasting life. Jesus Christ is the only Saviour. If one comes to Him, he is saved from sin, and is delivered from evil.
Jesus delivers men also from trouble and grants them peace even in times of sicknesses and death. His grace remains with them because He has promised men eternal life. He is in heaven today and will come again to bring the saints to the Kingdom of Heaven. There they will live happily forever in the presence of God. He will dwell together with all who believe and love Him.
Everlasting life in heaven is most precious. For one with such blessing shall forever be with all his relatives who have believed in the Lord and died in the Lord. He looks forward to that day when he shall be united with loved ones in the presence of God, and dwell forever in the heavenly kingdom. Hence everyone must be saved.