I agree with Selwyn, when he draws attention to the fact that the prime reason Jesus came to this earth – was to save us.
He writes: “The central purpose of Jesus stepping into time to walk on this earth, we should remember, was not to be an example or a teacher, but to be Saviour and Redeemer. … He frees us from the power that sin has over us. Christ’s sacrificial death at Calvary is an accomplished fact and now awaits my acceptance. And the more definite my acceptance and commitment, the more His power can affect my life.”
Naturally, the same theme is seen in the prayer for today: “O Father, how grateful I am that Your Son came not as a Divine Executioner to destroy me but as a Divine Redeemer to deliver me. Help me to live so that in the face of everything my affirmation will be ‘Jesus is Lord’. Amen.”
The main storyline of the entire Bible is reflected, in verse 3 of the fist Chapter, of the Hebrews letter. ” … After Jesus had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
A sobering thought arises from this verse – just how many people would have been received into heaven if Jesus had not provided purification for sins? After we have meditated on this aspect – shouldn’t we try harder to live our lives – reflecting our gratitude to God for being saved? What’s your view?