I was bored and blog surfing and ran across this statement, “Catholic’s have not accepted Jesus as their “personal Savior.” Even when I was a Protestant I had problems with the word “personal,” when it included the word “Savior.”
First: I looked all over the Strong’s and the word “personal” is not even in the Bible.
Second: Nowhere could I find in the Bible the word “personal” and “Savior” being connected.
Third: What I did find with the word “Savior” were the words “us” and “our,” being connected with it.
Fourth: Definition of personal – “Of, affecting or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else.
So to me by the sheer definition of the word, Jesus can be no one’s “personal Savior,” and He nor anyone else ever said He was, in Scripture. Man, once again, added that in there.
Jesus hung on the Cross, suffering, thirsting, and dying to save the “world.” To save every single person in this world, whether we like it or not! When I accepted Him and what He did on the Cross for the “world” I became part of the “family of God.” In a family there is more than “one person.” When I said, “Lord you are my Savior,” I also accepted the fact this was for everyone else as well.
I have never said the words, “My Savior,” thinking nor referring it was for me alone.
I have a brother and a sister, and myself. I call Dad, “Dad.” That does not make Daddy just “my personal Dad.”
Jesus never died on that Cross, just to save me, no matter how important I think myself to be. The suffering’s of the Cross, engulfed us all.
The word’s of Jesus on the Cross were:
‘Father forgive “them,” for they know not what “they” do.’
He did not say:
‘Forgive the one who nailed my right hand to the Cross, but do not forgive the one who nailed my left hand to it.’
“Them” was all inclusive on that day, and it still stands to present day.
I feel we need to look at it like this:
One can have personal knowledge of something. Knowledge which belongs to only him or her. One can have a personal relationship with someone, even Christ, which only belongs to him or her. One can have a personal conversation with someone, even Christ. One can have a personal revelation.
No man or woman can have Jesus as their “personal Savior” because….
The redemption of the Cross belongs to every man, woman, and child on the face of this earth. This is what we have to accept and claim. For all of us who have faith in this, and accepts what He did, makes Him the Savior of us all!
We have to accept Him as “Savior” of the whole human race, because in reality that is what/who HE IS!!!! The redemption of the Cross belongs to no “one human being.”
To make Him any less than that, is to me, to make a total mockery of the Cross.
Every drop of blood shed on the Cross, every cry He made, every pain He endured, was for me and for you!
He never gave to me the right to take the redemption of the Cross, just for myself. Never! When one uses the word “Savior,” it has to go straight back to the “Cross.”
I have no right to take Jesus as your Savior away from you, just because I believe He is my “personal Savior,” and not the “Savior of the world.”
(“Savior of the World,” is used frequently in the Bible.)
Love and God Bless, SR