The idea of Jesus being our Savior is a really easy pill to swallow. People like the idea that Jesus came to forgive our sins. We like the idea that Jesus is a loving man that wants to make all things right.
But the thing we don’t like about Jesus so much is this: that Jesus is God. And because He is God, His will is ultimate in our lives. And more than that, He is our Lord, which means His desires should be put above our own.
Commentators W.D. Davies and Dale Allison Jr. put it this way:
…Jesus’ compassion is not sentimental. The merciful servant issues excruciating orders. The kindly saviour is the Lord who asks much. Jesus freely dispenses grace, but he is not to be presumed upon. Love gives and demands in equal measure.
If we are not submitting to Jesus in areas of our lives, it’s because we have forgotten this key reality: He’s not only our Savior, He is also God and Lord. Submitting our lives to Jesus begins with a recognition of who He is.
Following Jesus is neither casual, nor partial—it’s a total life takeover.