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rescue from ourselves

Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”    -Luke 19:9-10

        

Jesus has succeeded entirely in his rescue mission to set us free from every trapping and mean vice this life has to dish up. 

When Jesus consumes a man, he deals a once and for all death blow to every last one of his downright dirty—vain—and miserable ways of living.  A man who encounters Jesus is no less than a changed man if he ever encountered Jesus at all. He no longer is a man addicted to the worship of self, but a man who turns at once to worship Jesus. He is a man in recovery of his true self, that is, the man Jesus will make him.  And the darkness about him becomes even darker once we sees the light as his lostness loses the allure it once possessed. 

Jesus has rescued us from ourselves for more than the mere challenge; he didn’t give his life as a ransom and pull us out of vast oceans of loneliness, back alleys of fear, bottomless pits of self-pity, and tsunamis of condemnation for naught. 

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.   -Colossians 2:6-7, ESV

Does Jesus call us to anything less than a life which centers around following him in turn?

Not only have we been rescued from ourselves, we have also been snatched from the jaws of eternal death.

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