Saviour

March 9, 2001
by Mary Jane Hanson

John 4:42 – We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know he is really the Saviour of the world. (GNB)

A few days ago, I went out to purchase lunch. I walked briskly to the restaurant on that cold winter day. While I ate my lunch, I picked up a newspaper that someone had left behind. I noticed that it was the February 20, 2001 edition of The Globe and Mail. One of the headlines read, "Why the Leafs need 'Eric Lindros, Saviour'". I was taken by surprise to see the word "Saviour" beside Eric Lindros' name.

Although I am not a hockey fan, I know that Lindros is a superstar. There is a difference between a superstar and a saviour, although a popular 1970's musical was called "Jesus Christ, Superstar". Webster's 9th New Collegiate Dictionary contains the following entries:

    superstar: a star (as in sports or the movies) that is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and can command a high salary.

    saviour: 1: one that saves from danger or destruction 2: one that brings salvation; [specific cap: JESUS]

Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs want a saviour to help them win the prized Stanley Cup. These fans realize that they need help. Webster's dictionary acknowledges that Jesus is a Saviour. What about us? Surely we need a Saviour to save us from danger or destruction and to bring salvation, the ultimate prize. Do we realize our need, just like those Leaf fans?

Prayer: Jesus, you are the Saviour of the world. Help us all to realize that we need you in our lives to protect and save us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Mary Jane Hanson <mjh013@sasktel.net>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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