What does it mean that Jesus Christ is our SAVIOR? Imagine this scene, you are drowning out in the middle of the sea because you don't know how to swim. A large boat comes by and a man sees you struggling in the water. Here are several outcomes: 1. He screams "Hey! Swim to the boat!", but you don't know how to swim, and drown. 2. He jumps in the water and starts showing you how to swim, you look at him but can't follow his example. You drown. 3. You look up and see the boat and scream "help!" and he throws you a lifeline. You grab onto it, and he pulls you up onto the boat. 4. You feel a sudden tug and see that a man is pulling you to the boat. He drags you onto it and dries you off. Now, which of these shows the man being a savior? 1. The man is oblivious that you drowning, and doesn't want to jump in the water/ doesn't have a lifeline. So he just expects you to know what you are doing. Sadly, you don't. 2. This man is trying to show you how to swim, but it doesn't have any effect on you, because again, you are drowning. Noone is going to go from drowning to backstrokes in an instant. You couldn't even attempt swimming because you were currently drowning. 3. This requires your own effort, which is hard because you are drowning. It is unlikely that you could get out the words "help!" or even see the boat. Again, you are drowning. 4. You are drowning, so the only way you could get to the boat was if someone helped you. This is what the man does, he takes you while you are drowning and rescues you. Fortunately #4 is exactly how Jesus saves us. We, the drowning, ungodly sinners, are called out of the water into the boat by a simple faith in him. He doesn't expect us to be swimmers, righteous, holy, or fully obedient. He saves us as we are, the sinners who are oblivious to God's love and presence. And the good news is once he rescues us onto the boat, he doesn't kick us off! Why would a man save someone from drowning only to throw them back in the water? You see, God has saved us, and he cares about you and I with a love we cannot comprehend. Once on the boat, he will teach us how to swim so it doesn't happen again, but he would never throw us out at sea.