Hell’s “No”

 Luke 16:30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

Jesus’ riveting story in Luke 16:19-31 carries us from time to eternity on the testimony of two men.  One man is nameless.  He is the first described and the last spoken to.  He is rich, happy, but grossly neglectful of the suffering at his doorstep.  The second man is suffering terribly, can find no human pity, but he has a name.  Lazarus.  Every man’s appointment overtakes both men.  In death, Lazarus moves from temporal suffering to eternal comfort, the rich man from temporal comfort to eternal suffering.

And yet, the reversal of positions is only part of the significance of the story.  Most of the story is given to the debate between Father Abraham and the rich man. The rich man, in his torment, first seeks comfort.  ‘There is a chasm.  Not possible.’  Then the rich man negotiates for his five brothers who, apparently, walk through time in the same spiritual blindness as the rich man.  ‘They have Moses and the Prophets.  It is enough.’  Then comes one of the most striking pictures in all of Scripture. The rich man, despite the horrid reality of his situation, hurls a defiant ‘no’ at Abraham.  It is stunning to think that in the deepest consequences of the rejection of God, a human being can still defy heaven.  Consider hell’s ‘no.’

Hell’s ‘no’ denies the adequacy of God’s word.  Luke 16:29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’  No, something more must be done.  It cannot be as simple as taking God at his word in a trusting obedience.  Give them something amazing.  Give them some drama.  Tickle them, tackle them, taunt them, do something!  Yet it does not occur to the rich man that hell itself has made no impact on him.

Hell’s ‘no’ denies the adequacy of God himself.  To deny his word is to deny him.  But the rich man has a better idea than God.  God hasn’t done enough.  In fact, he would make a better God than God, if God would just move over.  Listen to me… listen to hell…  Listen to hell?  Where did that begin?

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

In the wilderness, Jesus responded to temptation over and over in the same way.  “It stands written.” What God has said was and is enough.  Will we believe it?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

What a Savior!

In Conclusion

Do you know this story?  The pastor said, “And in conclusion.”  Then he preached for five more minutes.  Again, he said, “And in conclusion.”  Five more minutes.  When he said “and in conclusion” for the third time, a little boy whispered to his father, “What does ‘in conclusion’ mean?”  “Not a thing, son,” replied the father, “not a thing.”

Paul came to a conclusion.  2 Corinthians 5:14-15  For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. It is the grandest conclusion that anyone could arrive at.  Something so extraordinary occurred at the cross and the empty tomb, that it shakes the very foundations of the world.  But if we think that Paul’s conclusion means the end, we need to review the opening story.  Paul’s conclusion releases a fountain of new thinking about life.

New Vision.  2 Corinthians 5:16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.  We need only think of the ways we measure others and the ways others have erroneously measured us.  The standard measures by which one person judges another collapse before the flood of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

New Freedom.  2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  It is impossible to declare which freedom is most precious in Christ, the freedom from the old or the freedom for the new.  Thankfully, we don’t have to decide.  Jesus releases us from the guilt of our personal sin and breaks the hold of a fading world order over us.  But he does more.  He opens the doors of eternity in our heart and we begin, here and now, to taste the power and wonder of the coming age.

New Responsibility.  2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.  To be aimless is to be hopeless.  What can the aimless hope for?  When Jesus prayed for his disciples, he prayed “I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)  We are still here for a reason.  Christians have a divine responsibility that permeates all of life in this world.  Paul called it “the ministry of reconciliation.”

New Message.  2 Corinthians 5:19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  To some it is a foolish message, to some an offensive message, but to those who are convinced of the holiness of God and the sinfulness of humanity, it is a glorious message.

Paul’s grand conclusion rests upon the historical facts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the spiritual significance of those events.  2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What a wonderful Savior he is!

My Bad

The verse on my pocket calendar yesterday was a good one.  James 1:25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.  As usual, I began to look around for the context.  As I was told this week, “I’m sorry” and “my bad” mean the same thing unless you are at a funeral.  Context isn’t just something.  It’s everything.

James 1:25 is actually the end note of a longer lesson that centers on the word of God.  The lesson comes in three pieces but the first two are essential if the last is actually going to happen.

The Word that brings forth.  James 1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  God wills our salvation.  Salvation is not an achievement but a gift.  Being ‘brought forth’ by the word is not an add-on to doing the word.  It is an absolute essential before the word can be done.  No matter how long we stare into the mirror of his word, no matter what the fierceness of our determination, it all falls flat without him.  Our birth comes from above and our strength for the doing of his will comes with it.  Such faith is born in the hearing of  his word.  Romans 10:17.

The Word that works in.  James 1:21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  Just ahead of this, James speaks of being quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  “My bad!”  (it works in the right context!)  I find myself wanting James to mention at least one thing that I don’t struggle with.  I need help and the word of God is like seed sown in my heart and mind.  Nurture the word within.  It is in his word that you will meet him and he is your strength.

The Word that gets out.  Now we are back to where we started, but we are not on our own.  James called us to be doers of the word.  There must be fruitfulness of life.  But he also showed us who is our Savior and the method he uses to cultivate the Christ-life in us.  Trying to do the word before you are born again by the word is like saying ‘my bad’ at a funeral.  You mean well but it doesn’t work.

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

What a Savior!

Stand Up Guys, Holy God

Psalm 99:6  Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.

The world is busy with deception.  Either we are setting ourselves up or someone is setting us up (probably a measure of both) for the final deception.  The problems of the world have grown so large that the abilities of men cannot keep up.  The problem with living in an age when “small men cast large shadows” is that so many begin looking and longing for that large man who can fix it all.  We may forget the rest of that quote from Nathaniel Lee.  “When small men cast large shadows it is a sure sign that the sun is setting.”  Ere the sun’s last setting on planet earth, we are warned of a man who will arise and seem to be all that a troubled world is looking for.  Only the Bible names him for what he truly is, the man of sin.

There is an abiding danger that we might look to men for answers when we should be looking to God.  The Church gets caught in the net at times.  The debate over great men drove wedges in the Corinthian congregation.  But when it comes to great names, you can hardly beat the three stand up guys named by the psalmist in Psalm 99.  Moses was the great law receiver.  Aaron was the first priest of the Old Covenant and Moses’ right hand man.  Samuel, of whom it was said that the Lord “let none of his words fall to the ground,” was prophet and circuit riding judge who anointed both of the first two kings of Israel.  The psalmist confirms their greatness.

Psalm 99:6-7  They called to the LORD, and he answered them.  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.  They were great men, deserving of recognition, but men nonetheless.  The psalmist said something else about these noble three and we do well to take note. Psalm 99:8  O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.  They needed forgiveness as all people do.  They had wrongdoings to their account, and God brought them into his discipline.

Moses lost his patience with that grumbling hoard in the wilderness.  When they complained for the umpteenth time, his temper took over.  Under express command from God to speak to the rock, Moses struck it, not once but twice.  It must have made for good show.  But God was dishonored.  He forgave Moses, but not without a severe discipline that brought Moses up short of the promised land.

If Moses was too easily led by his emotions, Aaron was too easily led by others.  The people pressed him to make a golden calf.  He did.  Miriam pressed him to balk at Moses’ leadership.  He did.  It is one thing to follow good leadership.  It is another to have a ring in your nose.

Will they be able to say at your funeral that none of your words fell to the ground?  Don’t even ask me.  What a man Samuel was!  Yet, he was, after all, a man.  His sons did not lead him astray, but he did not lead them aright.  They followed Dad into ministry but they did not follow him into good character.  Samuel failed to correct his sons just like Eli before him, a man that Samuel once rebuked.  The people reproached Samuel over his sons and wanted nothing to do with them as leaders of the nation.

Psalm 99 begins and ends in the exaltation of God, a good place for anyone to begin and end.  This is the antidote to our tendency to exalt men, even good men, to places they don’t belong.  It will also be our sure protection from that last, fatal deception which is coming upon the earth.

From first –  Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!…

To last – Psalm 99:9  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!

Let the name of the Lord be exalted in our hearts!  What a Savior he is!


John 14:30-31  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

Literally, the ruler of this world “has nothing in me.”  Whatever claim Satan may fancy to assert, he has no claim on Christ, no hold, no power.  He could no more force what Jesus was about to do than you or I.  But consider his claims.

He claims planet earth as his rightful possession.  Luke 4:5-7  And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  What a string of lies!  He doesn’t give, he takes.  It wasn’t delivered, he took it.  But above all we note this.  The one to whom he offers this grand deal is the rightful owner, indeed, the creator!  Psalm 24:1-2  The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

He claims to know better than God.  This subterfuge began in the garden and persists wherever unbelief is found.  It can be heard in the voice of the rich man in torment, shouting his ‘no’ at Father Abraham. (Luke 16:30)  Wherever men think they know better than God, they are but the mouthpiece of that ancient delusion.

He claims sinners and, sadly, here he has a case.  By our participation in the rebellion, we are identified with him.  Hear the words of Jesus to some who regarded themselves (and many others so regarded them) as the people of God.  John 8:44  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.  Hard words, but true words.  If we will not have God for our Father and do his will, then there is only one father left for us.

By contrast, Jesus claims to be sinless.  What can it mean that Satan has nothing in him, no power over him, no claim upon him, but that Jesus is the sinless Son of God?  Don’t pass over that too quickly.  Would you honestly listen to such a claim from any person that you now know?  Wouldn’t you scoff at it, in your heart if not in their face?  In the same paragraph where Jesus told some men that they had a devil of a father, he also told them this.  John 8:46-47  “Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?  Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”  They may have scoffed at Jesus, but they had no answer to his question.  They couldn’t convict him of sin.  Neither can I.  Can you?

Jesus claims to do what the Father commands.  When he told the disciples ‘rise, let us go,’ he rose to go to the cross.  In total contrast to Satan who perverts the ways of God, Jesus embraces the will of the Father even in the extremity of the cross.

Jesus has staked a counterclaim on you.  Made by God, marred by sin, we can be reclaimed by grace.  Ephesians 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

What a Savior!

The Purpose in His Speaking

John 14:29  And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

Jesus told his disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit and about his departure to the Father before the fact.  The purpose in God’s prophetic word has always been to generate faith.  Jesus was doing here what God had always done, revealing his divinity by revealing the historic future.  Consider.

The Prophetic Failures of Men.  Isaiah 41:21-24  Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.  Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.  Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified.  Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.  There is a constant effort and a consistent failure on the part of men to tell the future.  “Futurists,” we call them now.  Their former title was not so dandy.  False prophets.

The Historical Failure of Men.  Notice that God challenges these false prophets to even accurately declare what is past!  If a man can’t tell you accurately what has happened, will you trust him with the future? I was told a great story and I wish I could confirm it and give credit where due.  But it seems a fellow was passing through an airport when approached by a man who said, “For ten dollars I’ll tell you where you will be tomorrow.”  The traveler responded, “I’ll give you fifty dollars if you can tell me where I was yesterday!”  Maybe the traveler was Isaiah?

The Prophetic Record of God.  Isaiah 42:8-9  I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.  Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.  To Abraham, God declared the release from slavery for a nation that didn’t even exist.  God called Gideon a valiant warrior while he was still hidden in the wine press.  God showed Jeremiah the length of the exile.  Concerning the Messiah, prophecy upon prophecy from the Psalms and the Prophets find their home in Jesus the Christ.  God is, as they say, batting a thousand.

The Prophetic Future of God.  What he has done, he will do.  Isaiah 46:8-10  Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’  Once again, the Son imitated the Father and told his disciples things that were to happen.  Those things happened.  All things will happen just as he said.

God speaks this way for a reason.  He wants us to believe him.

John 3:16.  What a wonderful Savior he is!

The Destiny He Saw

John 14:28  You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Most of us can understand what the feelings of the disciples must have been that night.  Jesus talked about his going away and their staying behind.  I have been pastor of the same church for twenty-seven years.  I have watched neighboring ministers come and go.  Often they were good friends and trusted colleagues.  There is a certain sadness that comes when others move on and you stay where you are.  But if you aren’t careful, a justified sadness can morph into an unjustifiable self-pity.  “But what about me?”

If you loved me, you would have rejoiced…”  “If you loved me?”  Did those words sting?  Do they sting?  God so loved the world that he focused on us.  If we would so love God, we must focus on him.  Jesus’ destiny is greater than we know.  Just a few reflections on that destiny might change the disciples’ outlook.

An eternal destiny.  If you ask me to explain in what way is the Father greater than the Son, all I can say is that this is the heart of a Son who is consumed with the Father’s glory.  This is evident here and becomes clearer still at the close of this paragraph.  But it is not just here.  The glory of the Father exudes from the life of the Son everywhere.  In adoration of the Father, the Son watches him and imitates him.  John 5:19  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.  The Son listens to the Father and talks like him.  John 8:26 “the things which I heard from him, these I speak to the world.”  The glory the Son seeks with the Father is an eternal glory.  John 17:5  And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.  This destiny was revealed long before.  Psalm 110:1  The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”  As the Son desires the glory of the Father, so the Father desires the glory of the Son.  The next thing on the Father’s agenda is bringing his Son’s enemies to his Son’s feet.  What a destiny!  Would thinking on these things lift the disciples out of their funk?  We should know.

A joyful destiny.  The glory of it all, the joy it portends and even now brings, was the north star that guided Jesus through the agony of the cross.  Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  If the disciples of Jesus could catch a glimpse of the joy he saw beyond the cross, they would rejoice now.  It is a joy too great to be contained.  It spills over the rim of eternity and splashes the hours of the disciples on earth.  Every splash of that joy says “Get ready!  This is but a foretaste!”

A disciple’s destiny.  “What about me?”  Jesus had not forgotten the disciples.  The disciples had forgotten what Jesus said just minutes before.  John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  His destiny is their destiny.  To be ‘in Christ’ is to be where Christ is.  The Scriptures speak as if the believer is already seated with Christ.  Ephesians 2:6 And raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  His going means their going… and ours.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

What a wonderful Savior he is!

The Peace He Gives

Now we come to the verse I was given to read three days ago.  The context is critical.  The peace he gives is intimately connected to the words he spoke and the help he provides.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

In this verse, the peace of Christ is distinguished from any other peace.  “My peace,” Jesus said.  Also, the manner of giving is distinct from the manner of the world’s giving.  Not what the world gives, not how the world gives it.  Distinctive peace.

The peace of Christ begins in peace with God.  This peace was created at the cross.  Ephesians 2:13-17  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace… And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.  Romans 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  This peace is the product of his grace as we see throughout the letters of the apostles.

The peace of Christ keeps in a fallen world.  Philippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  The anxiety of the modern world is the same old anxiety of the ancient world, trebled and broadcast on social media. If you aren’t anxious when you wake up, somebody, or some group of bodies, will tweet the peace out of you in short order, unless you are anchored.  Philippians 4:6-7 is anchor material, strong, solid, enduring.  Make an anchor of it if you haven’t already.

The peace of Christ endures when the falling world ends.  I think that this is what Jesus meant by the difference in his giving and the world’s.  Assuming that the world is not giving with one hand while taking with the other, assuming that the world is not really bartering and calling it giving, (lots of assumptions here and therefore very dangerous!) assuming that the world really does give us something, it cannot endure.  For the world itself will not endure and you are bound to outlive it somewhere.  Let it be in the peace of Christ.

What a Savior!

The Help He Provides

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

As Jesus remained beside his disciples for a few more hours, he spoke many words to them and about them.  But perhaps no word was more assuring than the words of 14:26.  Here is hope and help for troubled hearts.

Poured out.  Acts 2:33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  Christians sometimes pray for an outpouring when they should pray for an infilling.  From Pentecost to the present hour, the Holy Spirit continues his special ministry among believers.  Not even ‘this present darkness’ can hinder his mighty work.  He restrains the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3-7), not vice versa.

Present.  Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  To be a Christian at all requires his work.  Only he inclines the heart toward Christ and leads to the confession “Jesus is Lord.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)  Nicodemus had to learn his need to be born from above and so must we.  His convincing and convicting work pushes to the ends of the earth, making new believers and building a temple for the living God.

Helpful.  As Jesus has titles that indicate the nature of his work, so the Holy Spirit has the title of Helper or Comforter.  His title means one who is called alongside.  In John 14, Jesus was alongside these disciples.  Soon the Holy Spirit would be alongside, helping the people of God to be the people of God.  What better aid could we ask for than God, the Holy Spirit?

Teacher.  The Holy Spirit’s ministry begins with the exaltation of Christ.  John 16:14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  His teaching always leads to Christ.  Where Christ is most exalted, the Holy Spirit is most at work.

Reminder.  Someone has said that people do not need teaching so much as reminding.  I would rather say that people need teaching and then reminding.  The Holy Spirit does both for the body of Christ.  He brings to remembrance the things that Christ said.  Perhaps you have had the experience.  You read a portion of Scripture numerous times.  It is important to you.  You understand it.  Then one day you read it again and it lights up like a stadium at night.  The Scripture hasn’t changed.  Scripture never changes.  You have changed, hopefully.  But more importantly, the Holy Spirit makes the Word of God live.  Now.  For you.

What a wonderful Savior he is!

The Words He Spoke

My pocket calendar called for the reading of John 14:27 today.  What a verse!  Yet how much richer it is when left in its context.  The paragraph begins in John 14:25.

These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.  Or, “remaining beside you.”

The season of Jesus speaking directly to his disciples was drawing to a close.  Soon he would speak to them in a new and different way.  But at the moment, they were basking in the Word that made the worlds, up close and personal.  I cannot imagine.  One day I won’t have to.  Think today of the incredible value of the things Jesus said while with these men.

His words are words of life.  John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”  “The flesh is no help at all,” says the ESV.  May we add, the words produced by the flesh are no help either!  But the words of Jesus breathe life.  The unfailing testimony of those touched by his grace is how the Word of God quickens them and how it births and bolsters faith.

His words are the foundation of wise living.  Matthew 7:24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  History is replete with examples of cultures and nations that spurned the foundation of truth revealed by God.  Men exchange the truth of God for a lie and wisdom departs.  There is but one eventual outcome.  Isaiah nailed it.  Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  The words of Jesus, however, are a sure foundation for life here and hereafter.

His words endure.  Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  If you have never spoken a word that you wished to call back, you are blessed indeed.  Sometimes because they are hurtful, sometimes because they are senseless, and sometimes because they are proven to be patently wrong, people would like to recall their words.  God’s words are not under recall.  They are not faulty nor will they prove to be false in any way.  When the grass has all withered and the flowers have all faded, so Isaiah noted, “the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

Jesus was right beside them, speaking his mighty word over them.

What a word!  What a Savior!