Summary: We must accept Christ as our Redeemer, our Savior, and our Lord.
REDEEMER, SAVIOR, LORD
Text: Isaiah 60:16
· Believe in George Washington, but don’t know him personally.
· Those who follow Christ must not only believe in Him mentally, but also must accept Him as Redeemer, Savior, and Lord.
· Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary: One who frees or delivers another from difficulty, danger, or bondage, usually by the payment of a ransom price.
· You were in bondage to sin (John 8:34)
· Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary: A person who rescues others from evil, danger, or destruction.
· To be a savior, one must possess both the desire to save and the ability to save
· 911 victims jumping from top stories of World Trade Center; firemen had desire to save, but not the ability
· Woman stabbed in Chicago convenience store; bystanders had the ability to save, but not the desire
· Jesus has the ability to save us from our sins (Hebrews 7:25)
· Only Jesus has both the desire and ability (Acts 4:12)
· Jesus became our redeemer when He died on the cross; He becomes our Savior when we ask Him to forgive us for our sins (Romans 10:13)
· Lord implies that He is our Master; we do His will, not ours
· Jesus doesn’t force His Lordship on us; we should allow Him to be our Lord out of gratitude
· Man who bought slave to free him; slave decided to stay out of gratitude
· Is the Redeemer your personal Savior?
· Man saved from drowning by law student; comes before him for murder; he was the savior, now he is the judge
· Is the Savior your Lord?