Read John 3:16-19, 31-36.

John Stott once said, “Christianity is a rescue religion.” Christianity announces the Good News of salvation. You see, each one of us is born with our back to God, heading for hell and destruction (see Romans 6:23). “But don’t worry: Jesus was a good teacher.” What? No and a million nos! Jesus is infinitely more than a teacher; He is Savior, just as He claimed (see John 14:6).  

Secular culture makes Him out to be a liar, reducing Him to just a great teacher—implying He’s like Alexander the Great or Napoleon the Great. But Jesus was not the great. Jesus is the only. Jesus is unique. He has no peer, no rival. He has no predecessor, and He has no successor. He is unique because He is the only Savior, and He’s alive and active today! 

Jesus became a man, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again to rescue us—not just advise us, exhort us, or teach us. He came to save us from our brokenness and isolation and bring us into a new relationship with Himself. He came to save us from the just judgment of our sin and give us eternal, abundant life. And one day soon, He will make our salvation complete when He returns to make all things new.  

Jesus is unique in the sense of His exclusiveness. There is no one like Him: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Is He your Savior and Lord? 

Prayer: Jesus, I know You came to save. I rest in You alone for my eternal salvation. Thank You for freeing me and making me new, that I might follow You—my delight and reward—all my days. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).  

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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