Savior of the World

“And they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.’”
John 4:42, NASB

crossSavior of the world … this One … we have heard for ourselves and know.

She went to the well to draw water but ended up being drawn to Christ. He engaged her in conversation. He pursued her heart. He revealed His identity.

In her excitement, this Samaritan woman “left her waterpot” (Jn. 4:28) and declared to the men of her city, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?” (Jn. 4:29). She had discovered the Messiah sitting right near her—this One, Savior of the world. Because she shared her experience, “many of the Samaritans believed in Him” (Jn. 4:39).

But the time came when their belief wasn’t based solely on her word. They heard Jesus with their own ears and understood His message. Convinced of who Christ is, they recognized Him as the Savior of the world.

The Greek word for Savior, soter, is defined as “deliverer” (BLB). God sent His Son with a mission: to die for our sins. Jesus placed Himself on splintered wood, suffered the piercing nails as well as thorns, and paid the excruciating penalty for our sins. Three days later, God raised Him from the dead, proving Jesus’ deity once and for all. By faith in Christ’s Person and work, we’re delivered. But that’s not all—Christ also delivers us from sins we struggle with now. And in a coming day, He’ll deliver us from the presence of sin. Forever.Isn’t this awesome news?!

I want to be like that woman who left her waterpot, a critical vessel for daily sustenance, so she could tell others about Jesus and the living water He gives. I long to impact others with my words so they come to Christ. More than that, I yearn for those in my sphere of influence to “hear” Jesus for themselves and know He is indeed the Savior of the world.

The Savior of the world is alive, and people in each of our cities need to hear about Him through us. May God intensify our passion to share Christ, stirring us to “look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (Jn. 4:35).

Much love in Christ,


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“From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you…”
Genesis 49:25, NASB

El-ShaddaiDear Friends,

Several days ahead of time, I consider which name of God to write about. I recently decided on El-Shaddai for this particular post.

And oh, it’s so appropriate for what’s going on in my life right now.

Today, hospice approved my beautiful mom for a transitional bed. Depending on her condition, she can stay at the Hospice home for 2-3 weeks. If she improves, we’ll need to move her, but we won’t be surprised if the Lord takes her home soon. She’s not doing very well as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

I’m finding much comfort in El-Shaddai—God Almighty.

“Power belongs to God; and lovingkindness is Thine, O Lord” (Ps. 62:11-12). Amen. He holds my mom in His hands. He helps her, and He helps us. Nothing escapes the Lord’s notice. He possesses all power in my family’s situation … and yours. He sovereignly oversees every detail, loving us so wonderfully all the time.

Isn’t that truth incredibly comforting? We don’t belong to a weak or incapable God. Our God is ALMIGHTY.

Whatever situation we face, El-Shaddai possesses all power over it.

Much love in Christ,



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“And Moses built an altar, and named it ‘The LORD is My Banner.’”

Exodus 17:15, NASB

Jehovaj Nissi pictureRemember the fascinating story about Moses on the mountain, raising his hands while God’s people fought against the Amalekites? Do you recall how Aaron and Hur climbed up the hill with Moses, supporting his hands when he wearied of lifting them high? I’ve always loved that narrative as a demonstration of friendship’s tremendous value.

But there’s So. Much. More. to this incredible account.

First off, it’s critical to recognize that Moses held the “rod of God” in one of his hands–the very same staff he’d used to initiate some of the ten plagues … to part the Red Sea … to draw water from the rock. As he lifted it up for all to see while they waged war against their enemy, surely its prior role in God’s miracles inspired them to fight for victory.

Yet the rod itself wasn’t extraordinary. It simply served as the instrument through which God revealed His power.

You know, we all get tired from time to time. The Christian life involves many battles against the enemy of our souls. We all benefit from a friend or two in crisis moments. Sadly, however, we sometimes attribute our victories to the people around us or to the method God uses rather than God Himself. We say things to each other like, “I never could have done it without you,” rather than, “The Lord used you to help me through this.” While it’s good and right to acknowledge the part fellow Christians play in our successes, let’s never forget the Source.

Because when all is said and done, the LORD is My Banner.

He’s “the center of attraction on which people should pin their hopes.” HE holds the power, HE gives the strength, HE arranges us as Christ’s body so we can help each other, and HE pulls details together with a wisdom we can’t fathom. As we look to God and lift up Christ’s name, we’ll find:

“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:29-31

Dear one, what battle rages in your life today? JEHOVAH-NISSI IS ABLE. He’s your Banner, your rallying place–the One you can always turn to. He provides safety and shelter along with direction.

He’s the God of victory.

Until next time, Happy Thanksgiving and much love to you in Christ,



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