Life can get a little swampy sometimes, can’t it? We can feel like we’re stuck in a place we never intended to be in—a sticky, stagnant place.

We are all in the same boat. Every one of us has been stuck in some kind of swamp. Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” God’s standard is perfection, and sin is missing the mark of that standard. God has plans for all of us to live amazing lives, but the Bible says that none of us are able to live up to His standards on our own.

Not only does our sin leave us swamped, but Romans 6:23a says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Our sin leaves us separated from God. As we mess up and keep missing the mark, we sink lower and lower into the swamp. We put our trust in a relationship that doesn’t turn out the way we expected it to, and we’re left with guilt weighing us down. Then we think that things like money, alcohol, or drugs can cover up the pain we feel. When that doesn’t work, we might try out religion, because surely that will get us out of the hole we’ve sunk into. When it doesn’t work, we give up and decide that we’ll trust no one but ourselves, but all that causes is isolation and loneliness.

When we get to the end of ourselves, we only have two options. We can climb further down into the hole in the swamp and hide, or we can call on the Creator who promises to rescue us if we just trust in Him. In Matthew 5, Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The whole verse of Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus, who lived a completely sinless, completely perfect life, gave up His life so that we could live, and then rose from the grave to prove that even death couldn’t hold Him back.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’ Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As Jesus hung on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” He paid the wages of sin for us, and He can bring us up out of the swamp and give us a new life in Him. The payment for your sin and mine has been paid. The question is, will you trust Jesus and let Him rescue you?

Watch my Easter teaching about rescue.

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One Reply to “Rescue”

  1. Pastor Clay,
    Thanks for all your blogs, messages, and posting your sermons online. I can truly tell that this is a great church.. Only problem is that I’m a few hundred miles away. I love those energetic sermons. 🙂

    Godbless you Pastor Clay, your church, and the work everyone is doing.

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