Christ as Leader and Savior

In Acts 5:33-39, we are able to see the bold declaration of who the Apostles believed that Jesus was and what it is that he had done:

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:29-32 ESV)

Around 2000 years later, this should be an incredible testimony to us about what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Peter and the Apostles believed that Jesus sits at the right hand of God as both “leader and savior” and that they were to be witnesses to the things that He had accomplished.

But let us not ignore the last part of the passage that says, “and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”  This means that if we are followers of Christ, we would have the Holy Spirit and the calling to be witnesses to the things that Christ accomplished and that He too would rule as Leader and Savior over us.

Unfortunately, far too often we are more content with the idea that Christ is merely our Savior and not our Leader, this is not a biblical concept.  We must remember that true conversion occurs when we, by faith, relinquish the rule and reign over our lives and we turn it over to Jesus.  Let us be witnesses to all that Christ has done as Leader and Savior!

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