The Lord has made his salvation known … Psalm 98:2

Sacrifice: God’s great plan of salvation, for a sin sick world, was to send His One and only Son to voluntarily relinquish His life so that we might have life. “Christ . . . has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” Hebrews 9:26.

Advocate: Jesus is the believer’s advocate at the throne of grace. He “is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” Romans 8:34. “We have one who speaks to the Father in our defence – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” 1 John 2:1.

Victor: Christ was victorious in temptation, trial, and testing. Death, Hell, and the grave could not defeat Him. He swallowed “up death for ever,” (Isaiah 25:8) breaking the power of sin forever. “‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57.

Ideal: Jesus is the perfect example. In principle and practice Jesus is without equal. “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. ‘He committed no sin and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness . . .” 1 Peter 2:21-24.

Overcomer: “In a world of invertebrate theology, jellyfish morality, see-saw religion, India-rubber convictions, somersault philosophy, and a psychology that tells us what we already know in words we don’t understand” we can nonetheless rejoice because Jesus has overcome the world (Robert G. Lee). Jesus says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33.

Universal: Jesus appeals to the whole world. His mission is universal. He’s the Saviour for the Western world and the Eastern world, the Saviour for the Northern hemisphere and the Southern. He has no prejudice – He wants everyone to be saved. “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” Isaiah 45:22. “The Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world” 1 John 4:14. “The Lord . . . is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9.

Rewarder: “He rewards those who earnestly seek him” Hebrews 11:6. Jesus delivers you from the kingdom of darkness. He presents you before God as holy, blameless, and beyond reproach. He sets you free by the truth, keeps you safe from the evil one, and makes you joint heirs with himself. He frees you from all condemnation, conforms you to His image, and blesses you with every spiritual blessing. He’s the One who protects you, empowers you, and gives you peace. And He’s the One who makes you a citizen of heaven and guarantees you eternal security.

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