*God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s Design. Jesus came to RESCUE us – to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the dead – to provide the only way for us to be RESCUED and RESTORED to a relationship with God.  (John3:16,Col2:14,1Cor15:3-4)

The last two weeks I’ve been trying to be aware of when I hear “THE GOOD NEWS”. It’s amazing how often! Yet, this writer has used a word to describe Jesus’ work I don’t believe I’ve ever used or heard before- RESCUED. This powerful and lovely word has caused me to re-immerse myself in the basic foundation of my faith. (My husband would have enjoyed this study and would have been a great help. He could stay so focused, kind of dogged, as he searched for information. I remember his presence, my “better half”.

We use the words Redeemed, Saved. Jesus as the Propitiation, Our Savior,the Sacrifice that Atones. To be RESCUED by my Lord describes for me perfectly His role in my life as a grieving widow. As I picture that word I can see His hand reaching down to pull me from the depth’s of the “dumps”. I can feel His hand guiding me out of danger, safe in His arms. I know he’s there keeping my head above water in every stormy moment.He protects me from fear. He gives me boldness. He fills the horrible void left after my husbands death. He makes me smile.

*We don’t have the power to escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be RESCUED. We must ask God to forgive us – turning from sin to trust in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. Believing, we receive new life through Jesus. God turns our lives in a new direction.              Mark1:15,Eph2:8-9,Romans10:9

*Excerpted from “Life on Mission: A Simple Way to Share the Gospel”