Will you rescue me?
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“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
There she is again! Our dog, Jenny, begging for scraps at the supper table. Perhaps she is thinking, “If I just look attentive enough, cute enough or long enough…Steve will give me something!”
Jesus once compared Gentile sinners to dogs at the table, begging for scraps. Not a complimentary way of thinking about yourself, but so very true! When you and I come to God’s banqueting table we bring no bargaining power, no righteousness. No, you and I come as beggars, asking for mercy from a holy God.
You and I find ourselves in a wretched state, unable to rid ourselves of our sin, and powerless to save ourselves. “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God who gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ!” You and I come as beggars with nothing in our hands (or paws), and out of God’s mercy and love He sends the Rescuer, the Lord Jesus. He died for me, not because of my cuteness, cleverness, or talent, but out of His great love.
Do you come this day with open hands to your Lord and Savior? Do you come as a beggar before Him, imploring Him of His grace to save you? Do not be afraid. Jesus will not turn you away. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us! “Come unto Me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest…”
“Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O, Lamb of God, I come, I come.”
Text and Picture Copyright Steve Nickodemus