Rescuer–Savior

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Matthew 8:23-27

[The disciples] went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (v. 25)

Can you imagine the terror in the hearts of Peter and the other disciples when, without life preservers, they were caught in a ferocious squall on the Sea of Galilee? It is no wonder they cried out to Jesus, sleeping peacefully in the boat, and asked him to do something to rescue them.

The verb that the disciples use to ask Jesus to rescue them is the same verb commonly translated “save,” as in “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). This verb depicts us in terrifying circumstances, facing certain death, and Jesus is the only one who can rescue us.

The human race is speeding along toward the edge of a cliff in a runaway car without brakes, heading for certain destruction. What awaits us is eternal death as we plunge over the cliff, and there is no way out. We need a divine Rescuer. His name is Jesus. He offers to stop the car and invites us into his car going in the opposite direction, toward eternal life. He is our Savior; he has rescued us from certain destruction.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, for rescuing me from eternal death. I praise you, dear Savior, for being my Rescuer. Amen.