A Trustworthy Saying

David Bast

READ : 1 Timothy 1:12-17

The saying is sure . . . that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . . . (v. 15)

Why did Jesus enter our world? Why did God become a man?

Was it to show how much he cared for us? Yes. Was it to teach us most clearly what he is really like, by putting a human face on God? Yes again. Was it to set us an example of what he meant a human life to be? That too. But most of all, he came to save us.

An example can’t save us. It can only show us how far we fall short. A teacher can’t save us; he can only point us toward the truth. Only a Savior can save us.

It’s often been said that the gospel is not good advice, but good news. The good news is that Christ came to save sinners who cannot save themselves. For God to take human nature upon himself just to inspire us or set us a good example simply doesn’t make sense. That’s like using a Rolls-Royce on a rural delivery route; it’s too much car for the job. The world has plenty of religious teachers and moral exemplars to learn from and imitate. We don’t need Jesus to be just another one of those. We need him to be a Savior.

That’s why he came, you can be sure.


Lord, thank you for coming to save sinners, including me.