Joseph Damien was a nineteenth – century missionary who ministered to people with leprosy on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Those suffering grew to love him and revered the sacrificial life he lived out before them. One morning before Damien was to lead daily worship, he was pouring some hot water into a cup when the water swirled out and fell onto his bare foot. It took him amoment to realize that he had not felt any sensation. Gripped by the sudden fear of what this could mean, he poured more hot water on the same spot. Again, there was no feeling whatsoever.
Damien immediately knew what had happened. As he walked tearfully to deliver his sermon, no one at first noticed the difference in his opening line. He normally began every sermon with, “My fellow believers.” But this morning he began with… “My fellow lepers.”
Now Damien could FULLY RELATE to the lepers because he BECAME a leper. He knew personally the struggles that they faced. He could actually feel their pain!
Damien’s experience portrays the wonder of the Incarnation – how JESUS, “being in the form of God, … made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” to live among us (Philippians 2:6-7).
The Hebrew writer informs us of the importance of the incarnation: “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).
Because Jesus was “made like His brethren” (human), He understands us. He “knows all about our struggles” as He has shared the human experience with us AND – He knows how to help!
He ALSO knows our deepest need: salvation from sin and a relationship withour Heavenly Father. In order to provide for our deepest need, Jesus lived among us, and then died for us, “to make propitiation [to pay the price of redemption] for [our] sins.” “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, EVEN… the death of the CROSS” (Philippians 2:8).
The ONLY one who could take our place and pay the price for our sins has to be one who is like us, yet without sin. Jesus was that One (Hebrews 4:15-16). He became “ONE of US” to save us!
There IS a response on our part: Jesus saves those who: believe in Him and trust Him (Acts 16:31), repent of their sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), are baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38),-AND- who commit their lives to faithful obedience (1 John 1:7).
He became “LIKE YOU” in order to “SAVE YOU”. Won’t you accept His offer?
Salvation Is Free
Salvation is free… if you want to take hold of it today
The choice is yours… will you choose to obey?
Salvation is waiting… but only you can save your soul
God wants you to be saved… but you are in control!
God has the ability… but you must heed His call
To obey… be baptized… take heed unless ye fall!
Salvation truly is the most precious gift for man
So seek out your salvation… by following God’splan!
Salvation is wonderful… salvation is free
It’s yours for the taking… what will your answer be?
Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as In my presence only, but now much more in my absence, Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”