“The Lord Saves Us” (Isaiah 33: 22, NEB) by Carley Evans

“The Lord our judge, the Lord our law-giver, the Lord our king — He Himself saves us.”

What a wonderful promise: Jesus fulfills; He saves us. For He comes into the world not to condemn the world but to save it. (John 3: 17) He willingly submits to Pilate, saying: “You have no authority at all over Me, if it is not granted you from above.” (John 19: 11)

At Jesus’ crucifixion, the rulers of the people “jeer at Him: ‘He saves others: now let Him save Himself, if this is God’s Messiah, His Chosen.’ ” (Luke 23: 35) And the soldiers offer sour wine and mock, saying: “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” (Luke 23: 37)

Pilate places an inscription above the cross which reads, “This is the king of the Jews.” (Luke 23: 38)

One thief taunts Jesus: “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself, and us.” (Luke 23: 39) The other simply asks, “Jesus, remember me when You come to Your throne.” (Luke 23: 42) And, Jesus promises, “I tell you this: today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23: 43)

“The Lord our king — He Himself saves us.”


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