Jesus is Savior

Second, Jesus is Savior. The word, “Savior” (Gk. soter), refers to God in Lk. 1:68-69. The prophet Zechariah said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David” (Lk. 1:68-69, ESV).  Zechariah tells us that God saves Israel from her enemies. Luke now applies this word to the child born in Bethlehem. As Savior of Israel, Jesus is Leader and Judge of Israel. Luke shows this in Acts 5:21, “God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” As Savior, Leader, and Judge, Jesus grants repentance and forgiveness of sins.

I read this letter by a little boy to Santa Claus. “Dear Santa, there are three little boys who live at our house. There is Jeffrey; he is two. There is David; he is four. And there is Norman; he is seven. Jeffrey is good some of the time. David is good some of the time. But Norman is good all of the time.

“I am Norman.”[1]

No matter how good you may be, you are still a sinner. You need a Savior from your sin.

Jesus will give you repentance and forgiveness of your sins.

[1] Sermon Illustrations: Christmas. Cited December 23, 2012. Online:


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