Grant Stevenson lived through the intensity of apartheid and still feels the effects of it today. Yet even surrounded by the uncertainty of that changing socio-political system, he knows it was the grace of God that saved the nation from complete chaos.
In this Rainbow Nation where echoes of racial segregation still exist, there’s a shared concept that “there’s always room for one more.” Journey with Rasool to South Africa to find an eclectic mix of strong-hearted people who face their cultural challenges with both grace and trepidation.
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What is a rescuer?
What defines a “rescuer”? Nelson Mandela is considered a rescuer for fighting apartheid in South Africa. He was willing to put his life on the line for the greater good. In the same way, Jesus was born to be the rescuer of the world, saving us all from our deadly sins.
Can we trust Jesus to rescue us?
Bartholomew Diaz was a Portuguese explorer sent to find new lands and wealth for his country, but he died after a huge storm shipwrecked him around the Cape of Good Hope. When the storms of life come our way, will we be “shipwrecked” or will we trust Jesus to rescue us?
Is Jesus really “all-powerful”?
Lion’s Head is a part of the iconic mountain range in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park. It’s a meaningful place to think about how Jesus, also called the Lion of Judah, is a powerful rescuer capable of delivering us from the darkness of the world.
The One Who Saves
He was called “one of the bravest persons alive,” but he wasn’t what others expected. Desmond was a soldier who declined to carry a gun. As a medic, he single-handedly rescued seventy-five
injured soldiers in one battle, including some who once called him a coward and ridiculed him for his faith. Running into heavy gunfire, Desmond prayed continually, “Lord, please help me get one more.” He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.
Scripture tells us that Jesus was greatly misunderstood. On a day foretold by the prophet Zechariah (9:9), Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd waved branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” (JOHN 12:13). Quoting Psalm 118:26, they cried: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (JOHN 12:13). But the very next verse in that psalm refers to bringing a sacrifice “with boughs in hand” (PSALM 118:27). While the crowd in John 12 anticipated an earthly king to save them from Rome, Jesus was much more. He was King of Kings and our sacrifice—God in the flesh, willingly embracing the cross to save us from our sins—a purpose prophesied centuries earlier.
“At first his disciples did not understand all this,” John writes. Only later “did they realize that these things had been written about him” (JOHN 12:16). Illumined by His Word, God’s eternal purposes became clear.
How has Jesus saved you? How can you express your grateful praise to Him today?
Risen Savior, I praise You for Your sacrifice for us at the cross. Help me to live serving and praising You, my eternal King!