March 31, 2012

All-sufficient Savior

Hebrews 7:23-28

He is able to save completely those who come to God through him.
—Hebrews 7:25


As the month of March closes today and we anticipate the week of Jesus’ suffering next week, let’s look through today’s reading from Hebrews one phrase at a time. Here is what we read about Jesus.

Though “there have been many … priests,” Jesus is the one Savior. He is the living, eternal Savior, for he “lives forever.” Jesus is the permanent Savior—“he has a permanent priesthood.”

Jesus is a complete Savior—“he is able to save completely.” He is a welcoming Savior—he saves “those who come to God through him.” He is an unfailing, praying Savior—“he always lives to intercede” for us.

Jesus is a fitting Savior—he “truly meets our need.” He is a righteous, unimpeachable, unblemished Savior—he is “blameless, pure.” He is a “holy” Savior—“set apart from sinners.” He is an ascended Savior—“exalted above the heavens.”

Jesus’ atoning work is finished—“he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day … he sacrificed for [our] sins once for all.” And he is a willing Savior—“he offered himself.”

Again, Jesus is the only Savior (John 14:6). And we may call him “our Savior.”

Lent is a good time to meditate deeply on our one, all-sufficient Savior.

Lord Jesus, as we approach the week of your passion, we who are all-deficient, adore you, our all-sufficient Savior. In your name we hope forever. Amen.

About the author — Dale Vander Veen

Dale Vander Veen is a retired Christian Reformed pastor who with his wife, Edith, has ministered in California, Washington, and Michigan. They have three married children and six grandchildren. He currently writes a daily e-mail series of devotions.

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