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God has a plan. It is perfect, and He will not change His mind about executing it. His plan involves us humans, though, and we are sinners through and through.

  • Since God is holy, He cannot tolerate the presence of sin, and, unless He somehow cleanses us, it is impossible for Him to work His eternal plan with us.
  • Those who are not cleansed—those who are not saved—must be separated from God for all eternity.
  • God’s solution: offer the perfect sacrifice, once and for all, to cleanse us of sin and reconcile us to Himself.
  • This He did with His Son on the cross.

We need a Savior because we cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior because, without the Messiah, we are described as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12, ESV).

We need a Savior, and God has provided one. Jesus saved us as a demonstration of God’s love and as a function of His mercy. Now, “having been justified by his grace, we . . . become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).

Jesus’ sacrifice unlocked everything for us—and if there were any other way for God to work His plan without compromise, He would have chosen that over the humiliation of the cross (see Luke 22:42). The fact that Jesus did indeed die on the cross is proof enough that we need a Savior.

  • Acts 13:23 — 23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,
  • Luke 1:69–75 — 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant— 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; 72 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
  • Luke 2:28–30 — 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Now Master, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation,