“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, he taketh my burden away…” Many Christians have sung the words of that song for decades with great feeling and meaning in their hearts. Jesus truly is a wonderful Savior, in fact, he is the only Savior. Let us consider some of the blessings found in having such a wonderful Savior as Jesus. Jesus is a wonderful Savior because…
Jesus is deity, God with us who came from heaven to live in the flesh and experience exactly what we experience. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1,14). Throughout history human being have invented their gods and saviors, but none compare to the one true Savior because Jesus left heaven and all the glory of heaven to live as a human being. The Hebrew author informs that “He himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil…For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as are we, yet without sin” (Hebrews 2:14, 4:15). No one can ever say about the wonderful Savior, “but he didn’t understand”, because Jesus did and does understand.
Jesus is the expression of the Father’s love, mercy, and grace all in One. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:4,8). Jesus came to the earth to extend to humanity the immeasurable and unfathomable love, mercy, and grace of God. In the beginning God created Adam and Eve perfect, complete, and without sin (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:8-25), and a part of that completeness was their ability to freely make choices and decisions in life, even if those choices were against the will of God, harmful physically and spiritually, and carrying severe consequences. However, because of the great love that God has for mankind a plan of salvation was established before the creation of the world in Jesus. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing…in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…” (Ephesians 1:3-4). Jesus truly is a wonderful Savior.
Jesus is the caring and compassionate Savior that served humanity before asking to be served. “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (Matthew 23:37). The text does not say that Jesus wept at this time, but the sentiments expressed would certainly lend to the idea that he could have been weeping. These words were spoken concerning the spiritual life of the Jews, but there were also times when “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) because of the earthly emotional suffering that he witnessed and experienced, such as at the death of Lazarus. Jesus truly is a wonderful Savior that cares for us. Peter wrote: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus is a wonderful Savior who calls us to receive all spiritual blessings in him through obedience to the gospel (Mark 16:16) and walking in the light (1 John 1:7-9). Jesus can only be a wonderful Savior to you if you submit your will to his, receive what he has to offer, and live for him. Jesus said; “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, he taketh my burden away…”