This is our Savior!

As a mature man of thirty Jesus was fully tempted but completely confident in His Father. The wilderness that had worn down a nation, toppled its leader and shown hostility to all was unable to bring Him down. Israel had a new king. It was not Herod the Great; it was Jesus the Christ. The nation (and the world) had a new arc to its history because One had emerged from the wilderness to rescue them.

Matthew’s record tells how He brought light to those “living in the land of the shadow of death.” It’s poetic and part of a quote from the book of Isaiah. The idea is that the people there, humbled down through the centuries by the invasion of and their subjugation to a foreign power, experienced glorious redemption when the Savior showed up in their territory with hope, healing and righteousness dripping off Him.

Doesn’t it all make you want to puff out your chest a bit to know Someone like that? Doesn't it fill your heart with a godly pride and make you want to shout, “This is our Savior; Whom we love. In Him we are well pleased!”

How could we not be?

Down through the years I’ve stood and applauded heartily for many things. I’m sure some were more worthy than others. But this I know: None of them come within a universe of the glory that is due our Lord and Savior.

In a loud voice they were saying:

"Worthy is the Lam, who was slain,

   to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

   and honor and glory and praise!"

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and on the sea, and all that is in them saying:

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

   be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!"

The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Revelation 5:12-14)

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