The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.1 Timothy 1:15-16
This is a great passage for our remembrance of the Saturday between Christ’s death and resurrection—surely the day more marked by despair than any other in history! Paul starts with the beautiful proclamation of the gospel: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” And praise him for that! This weekend is a time when we must slow down and really consider that reality. No matter what is happening in our world, whether government or disease or other turmoil threaten, the great enemies Satan, sin, and death are defeated by our Savior’s shed blood.
But, notice Paul’s emphasis in this passage—the fact that Jesus saved Paul. Paul, the “foremost” of sinners. And, according to Paul, Jesus had a very specific reason—so that Jesus’ “perfect patience” could be put on display as an encouragement to us.
Jesus has a reason for saving every soul. And yes, it is for his glory and for our good. But have you ever considered the practical and spiritual implications of your own salvation? Paul clearly had. If you are struggling to focus on the beauty of the coming Resurrection Sunday tomorrow, sit down and meditate on the ways that Jesus has used your salvation to grow his Kingdom. How is he glorified by your regeneration? How are you and others blessed by it?
The gospel is personal, and the gospel is intentional. Jesus saved you to fulfill his purposes for this earth. If you know some of those reasons, I believe that it will grow your appreciation for the cross and your thankfulness for your Savior’s sacrifice.
The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!