he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. – Titus 3:5
A friend of mine was riding his bike one time and turned sharply. His bike slid to where he was almost parallel to the cement. His legs were pinned under the bike and the only thing that kept his face from being cut up was the part of his helmet that stuck out a little bit.
He jumped up, and said, “I’m ok, my helmet saved me.”
Helmets can really help when it comes to riding a bike. My friend made a dumb decision to ride his bike dangerously and thankfully his face was saved from getting cut up because of his helmet. Jesus is a little like that. He’s saved us from the hurt and the pain that we deserved. We’ve made lots of stupid decisions. We’ve messed up more times than we can count. On our own, we don’t deserve heaven.
The good news is that God didn’t see only our failures and shortcomings. He saw an opportunity to display His great love. He didn’t leave us to be scraped up and beaten down by life. Instead, He did what only He could do. He came down to us. God paid the ultimate price for our sins and now we have been given new life and new birth in Christ.