Why Jesus Saved You

“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,”

Mark 3:13–14

I have yet to meet a follower of Jesus who has not confessed to their own dismay as to why Jesus saved them from eternity in Hell. Much like King David in Psalm 139 when we think about God’s love for us we too are overwhelmed by the thought, “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”

I believe it was Charles Spurgeon who once said, “I am so thankful that God chose me before the foundation of the world for I am certain He wouldn’t have chosen me afterwards.” But the truth is Jesus did choose you and it’s important to understand why. Jesus didn’t save you to make you His slave and to do His bidding. Jesus chose you in the same way He chose His very first disciples. John 14 reminds us that Jesus chose you to be with Him. God wants you to enjoy Him today by spending time with Him. Isn’t that the message Jesus was teaching Martha when Jesus told Martha she chose to be busy with so many things but that her sister Mary had chosen the better option when she stopped what she was doing and came and sat at Jesus feet.

Don’t forget, Jesus doesn’t want something from you, He wants something for you, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3)


Michael Osthimer





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