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Who Will Jesus Save?

Who Will Jesus Save?

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Who do you think Jesus will save?
Who do you think Jesus will save?

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Who Will JesusSave?
 You may have seen the bumper stickers, the coffee mugs, thebracelets, the t-shirts and other such items with WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) in big letters. This is supposed to make us think througheach situation in which we find ourselves and try to figure out how Jesus would have reacted. Interesting, but I prefer to ask "What wouldCaptain Kirk do?" After all, we often find ourselves in situations where Jesus would never find himself - such as being stuck because our ownsin or stupidity.Anyway, the smartest thing I've ever heard any preacher say aboutthis is that the only way to know what Jesus would do is look at what Jesus really did. He has not changed. This same Jesus we read about inthe Bible is the same Jesus we worship today. So I want to vary thisquestion and ask "Who will Jesus Save?" Again, the only way to knowwho Jesus will save is to look at who he already did save. What kindsof people were saved? I will present several types of people indifferent situations and ask if Jesus will save this person.1. Someone who is shy, ashamed, and is only interested in helpinghimself or herself. He or she has no interest in developing arelationship with God.
 As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And awoman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched theedge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped."Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said,"Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you." But Jesussaid, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out fromme." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, cametrembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, shetold why she had touched him and how she had been instantly 
 
healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Goin peace."
(Lk. 8:43-48) This is such a great story - I really admire this woman's courage. Yet,you have to admit that she wasn't really interested in having anyrelationship with Jesus at first. She had heard the stories and thoughtto herself, "What if I just touched him? Nobody would even notice."She just wanted to be healed, but she ended up getting more than shehad bargained for. (When you see "healed" or "made whole" it is thesame Greek word translated "saved" in other verses.) There is asimilarity between this and the parable of the prodigal son. He too waslost and reasoned to himself, "My father's servants have plenty to eatand I'm stuck eating pig slop!" I'm not convinced that he reallyrepented, he was just hungry and self interested. He also got morethan he had bargained for.2. The most wicked sinner that ever lived who has no intention of everrepenting.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ  Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst.
(1 Tim. 1:15)Read the story of Paul's conversion in Acts chapter 9. Did Paul say "thesinner's prayer"? Did he openly repent of his sins before he wasknocked of his horse on the way to Damascus? Did he "make adecision" to follow Christ or did Jesus just show up? Paul did nothing of himself in order to be saved and was used greatly by God. By his ownadmission, Paul was the worst of all sinners.3. Someone who is so completely lost, that he hasn't even the powerto ask for salvation.
When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed manfrom the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do youwant with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whomthe demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his
 
right mind 
(Lk. 8:27-29, 34)It's my understanding that a person may become demon possessedby dabbling in the occult, doing drugs, or becoming a slave to serioussin. This man was so completely gone that he had no power withinhim to repent or even ask for help. Jesus saved him.4. A person who has died without knowing Christ.
While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of  Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more." But he took her by the hand and said,"My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.
(Lk.8:49, 54-55)For much of the Christian world, dying without knowing Christ is theunforgivable sin. But death is no barrier to the Lord's saving power.Although this is a true account, it's also a parable about what God cando. He can and will save anyone in any situation.5. Someone who is lost but cannot find his own way back.
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doeshe not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on hisshoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighborstogether and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons whodo not need to repent.
(Lk. 15:4-7) The sheep knew he was lost but was unable to find his way back. Theshepherd searches for the sheep until he finds it.6. Someone who does not know and does not care that he is lost.
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the sameway, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God 

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