I, even, I am the Lord, and there is no savior besides Me. Isaiah 43:11
Heartbeat of God, page 14 (Good Friday)
I’ve shared with you recently that I have been studying Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God. It’s an amazing study if you’re looking for a learning group option. A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the helmet of salvation.
As I read through the words associated with Jesus being our salvation, our very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1), I couldn’t help being reminded of an experience from a few years ago. When my oldest was in 6th grade, he attended a week of camp for 5th and 6th graders, and I joined the group as a chaperone. On the night that the speaker was giving the lesson on salvation that would be followed by the response time, I sat in the back and listened intently. He was a great speaker, but I was most interested in the way he was teaching the kids.
He set the stage with a variety of stories where the children in that room would need to ask for help on a fairly small scale….. getting a ride to a friend’s house, preparing a yummy meal, or mending a cut or break. He asked the boys and girls to practice a call for help. It wasn’t too loud or panicky. They simply said, “help me, please.”
Next, this pastor led the boys and girls through some more serious instances where they might need help in a hurry. In these cases, the children would need to increase the volume and magnify the tone of “help.” So, once again, they practiced. Several different times, all of the young voices joined together with a very loud, “HELP!!!”
I thought I knew where he was going with the activity. Still, when he made the connection of Jesus being our help and reminded the children that we have to pause and cry out for help in order to receive Him as Savior, I became very emotional. This was only a few years ago, and I accepted Jesus MANY years ago as a 7-year-old girl. The reality set in, though, that we need to pause and ask our Savior to intervene daily. Sometimes that “help” will seem small, and sometimes we will need to cry out with panic. No matter the circumstance, Jesus, our Savior, is ready, willing, and completely able to step in and save.
I can’t imagine what the very first Good Friday felt like. It’s hard to think about the fear believers had to have felt when The One they believed had come to save died and was buried. Thankfully, we know what will happen on Sunday. Today, we get to rest in the truth that Jesus lived a perfect life and died this cruel death so that we could truly live.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior, I would love to talk with you about doing that. Very simply, you’ll just cry, “help,” because we can’t save ourselves. We need to receive the One that died in our place, and He has saved us from our sin.
If you’re like me, you just need to pause today and realize that the same Savior that saved you from your sin can and will save you in your struggle, your anger, your unforgiveness, your need, and your fear. We’re missing a giant benefit in our walk with God if we trust Him as Savior of our souls and never trust Him as Savior in our moments.
He’s GOOD, ladies. On this GOOD Friday, ask Him for the help, the salvation, that He came to give.
For further reading: Isaiah 59: 15-16; Isaiah 53; 1 John 4:14
Lord Jesus, You are the Savior, and we PRAISE you today. We admit that we struggle to allow You to be Savior in our minutes, our days, and the fullness of our lives. I believe the stage has been set for us to fully recognize you as the One who offers help and salvation in every moment of our lives. Nothing seems good about Good Friday. However, we know that You offered us true life through Your death, and we want to commit to receive it each and every day.