I Am with You to Save You

TODAY’S READING: JEREMIAH 28-30

“For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 30:11

This is such a simple and all encompassing promise from God. But, it is one that we easily forget or move to the back of our minds.

Instead, we should keep this promise at the very forefront of our minds. This promise should be continually thought about and allowed to determine God’s character to us.

Whenever we think God is out to punish us or some group of people, we should remember, “For I am with you to save you.”

Matthew 1:21-23 says, “‘She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).”

Jesus came to save us from our sins. He was called to be Immanuel, God with us.

“For I am with you to save you.”

John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

The Word, Jesus, God himself, took on flesh and became like us to be with us. He dwelt in the very midst of us.

Why?

Not to condemn the world, but in order to save the world through Jesus.

“For I am with you to save you.”

Despite what we may think, Jesus did not come both to save some and destroy others. In fact, he stated this quite clearly.

John 10:10 says, “For the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Satan comesĀ only to steal and kill and destroy. This is what he has done from the beginning. But, Satan, the ruler of this world has nothing in Jesus.

Jesus said in John 14:30, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me.” Or, “he has nothing in Me.” Or, “he has no hold over me.” Or, “he has no power over me.” In other words, Satan cannot get Jesus to do what he does. Satan cannot get Jesus to steal and kill and destroy.

That’s because Jesus came, and we could say heĀ only came, to give life and life abundantly.

“For I am with you to save you.”

John writes about why and how Jesus came to save us another way in 1 John 4:9-10, 18.

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins…There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected with love.”

God is love. He made his love manifest. That is, God made his love appear. He made it visible. God did so by sending his son, Jesus, into the world to be with us. He sent his love in Jesus that we might live through Jesus. That is, God sent Jesus that we might be saved.

We didn’t love God. But, he loved us. How do we know? Because God sent Jesus to be the means of forgiveness (the root of the Greek word for propitiation simply means gracious, merciful). God’s forgiveness, his love, was put on full display through Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

This love, the love of God that Jesus was sent to us to put on full display, has no fear in it. In fact, this perfect love casts out fear. That’s because fear has to do with punishment. We fear being punished. But, if you fear, then you are not matured in the ways of love. If you fear, then you have not yet fully known God’s love.

And, I would dare say that if you think God is out to punish, that God will torment people in everlasting fire for all time, the worst punishment anyone could imagine, then you have not matured in God’s love.

God’s love is to save, not punish.

“For I am with you to save you.”

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