Daily Devotional

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lord and Savior

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus you crucified.     Acts 2:21, 36

Jesus is special. Unique. He is different from you and me and Peter. Jesus is Lord and Savior even of those who abandoned, betrayed, denied, and crucified him. Can you imagine unjustly killing someone only to have the individual you murdered pardon you for your offense? Who could do that? How could that happen? Could we be so generous and forgiving? No. Only Jesus.

Peter, the man who denied his relationship with Jesus, had found himself embraced and forgiven by his resurrected Lord. Peter had firsthand experience of a previously unimaginable grace, and he wanted to share his experiences with anyone and everyone who would listen. Peter’s Pentecost sermon was simple and direct: Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Savior. Jesus forgives sinners just like us. Believe it! Accept it! Live it!

What does Lord and Savior mean to you?

Lord, I am a sinner—you know it and I know it. If you could forgive Peter, the disciples, and those who killed you, if you were willing to offer them the grace of a second chance, perhaps you can pardon me too. You are my Lord; be my Savior as well. In your name, I pray. AMEN.