Salvation in One Name

August 28, 2021

12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

August 28, 2021

Written by Brittany Hodge from the Woodbine Campus

Imagine driving down the interstate on your way to work one morning. Suddenly a large black truck cuts in front of you without giving a turn signal and slams on its brakes before wrecking into the small car in front of it. You also slam on your brakes and somehow avoid being a part of this accident. You truly have no idea how you did not hit this truck.

In a situation like this, it is easy to see that Jesus having His hand on you is the only reason you managed to walk away from that wreckage alive. We can easily forget that even in the more mundane aspects of life, every second we are alive is only possible because Jesus is sustaining us. We could not have been born into this world or have brushed our teeth this morning without Him allowing it.

We see Peter explaining this truth to the Jewish leaders as they questioned how a disabled man could suddenly be able to walk. Peter tells them they are missing the most vital part of the whole situation—that of course it sounds crazy and unreasonable if they leave out Jesus. As humans, we cannot take a breath, much less heal someone, without divine intervention. Peter then goes on to explain to them that Jesus, this man whom they rejected as the Messiah, is the only way in which we can be saved from our sins. We can neither save ourselves, nor can we find salvation in anything or anyone else, no matter how hard we may try to reject this truth.

As believers and followers of Jesus, we know we are saved only by what He has done for us. We know we are only alive because of Him. But it can be difficult at times to truly rely on Jesus every second of every day, especially when things are not going as we had planned. Even when life does not seem to make sense, we should shift our focus to Him, remembering how He saves and sustains us, second by second, and being reminded that we still have work to do on earth as long as we are breathing.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. How has Jesus sustained you even before you left your house this morning?
  2. Who is someone in your life that needs to hear of the salvation that only comes through Jesus, and how can you approach them in love?

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