Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Jesus: Deliverer

-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names

And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion." -Romans 11:26 NKJV

As a kid during the 1940's, I loved going to our local movie theater for the Saturday afternoon matinees. Usually, there was a Western movie to watch, a bunch of cartoons, and a weekly serial. The hero in the serial always found himself in great danger at the end of the episode. By all appearances, it looked like he was a goner. I would go home thinking, "There is no way he is going to get out of that one!". It was always a relief to return the following Saturday and discover that my hero was rescued from the peril of the week before.

The apostle Paul could have been the hero in the Saturday serials of his time. Again and again, he found himself in hardships, in difficulties, and in great perils. Paul never would have been able to fulfill his calling and finish his course without the Deliverer to snatch him from danger and rescue him from evil. In his own words Paul tells us, "He rescued me from certain death. Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen" (2 Timothy 4:17-18 NLT). 

Our walk with Jesus really is an adventure of faith. The Bible never promises that we will go through life without facing perils. The promise of the Lord to us is that He will be our deliverer whenever we face them.

©2011, 2020 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo by Heather Lee, used with permission. All rights reserved.

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