A reminder: Jesus saves


Hebrews 7--25

From Hebrews 7:25 (KJV) comes the Verse of the Day for April 26, 2016:

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

The Amplified Bible offers this powerful rendering:

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

This verse makes known Jesus Christ is a complete Savior, who fulfills his purpose as the Son of God:

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)

The Psalmist offers these comforting words to remind us of God’s faithfulness to rescue those who are lost:

Psalm 31:8

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Psalm 106:10

And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 107:2

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

In thinking about Jesus Christ who saves to the uttermost, I recall a blog entry where I commented on our being rescued from a “horrible pit.” What follows is an excerpt from the post entitled “There is no pit so deep. . .”

A couple of days ago, I read a commentary regarding Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy, who were imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps because they helped Jews to escape in Holland. They found themselves in a horrible situation, in a deep pit, and Betsy’s last words before she died spoke of hope, even in a most difficult situation. Corrie ten Boom, was later rescued and gave her testimony of the amazing power of God’s love that sustained her over the years of her life. Betsy said these words which became the opening line and the title of the following poem:

“There is no pit so deep. . .”

“There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.”
Betsy ten Boom

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my steps.

Psalm 40:2

“There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.”
In times of turmoil and deep distress we rest until
We see that God’s Word comes to pass, for we have no doubt
That He will again deliver us and bring us out
With renewed strength to climb an even steeper hill.

We are assured that every promise God will fulfill.
When we are exhausted, God will refresh and refill.
No matter how severe the problem we thought about,
“There is no pit so deep. . .”

Despite our best efforts, at times life goes all downhill.
In times of despair we seek courage and strength to instill,
As we persevere to triumph along this treacherous route.
Rooted and grounded, we are no longer tossed about.
We remember these words as we strive to fulfill God’s will:
“There is no pit so deep. . .”

Travis Cottrell reminds us “Jesus Saves,” the essence of the message of the Verse of the Day:

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