IDENTIFICATION OR SALVATION?
A young woman named Elizabeth went off to college and came under the influence of some liberal professors of religion. When she returned home for Christmas holidays, she said to her pastor, “Sir, I don’t like the word ‘salvation’ anymore; I much prefer the word ‘identification.’ It means more to me that Jesus identifies with me than that he saves me.”
Her wise pastor replied, “Elizabeth, let’s suppose that you are on the fifth floor of a large hotel in Nashville. Let’s suppose that the hotel catches on fire and you cannot escape. And let’s suppose that a fireman, at great personal risk, climbs an extended ladder to your window. Would you want him to save you or just identify with you?
Jesus said, “I have come to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).