Imagine that you’re on a cruise, and you fall overboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You’re not that great of a swimmer and know you can’t swim to shore. And if you can’t swim, it’s only a matter of time before you tire of trying to float and sink to the bottom of the ocean.

You do everything to stay afloat while praying for God to send someone to save you.

  1. A motorboat drifts near you. Someone from the boat jumps into the water and shows you how to do the Australian stroke, backstroke, breaststroke, and even dog paddle. The rescuer then returns to the boat and leaves you in the water. She is not a Savior; she is a tutor. At this time, you don’t need a tutor. You need a Savior.
  2. A rowboat comes and circles. The driver reads instructions from a book on swimming and leaves you in the water. She is not a Savior; she is an instructor. You don’t need an instructor; you need a Savior to get you out of the freezing water!
  3. Let’s say another boat comes by. The potential rescuer throws you a lifeline, gives you a warm towel to dry off, and wraps you up in a warm blanket. She starts heading towards the shore, glances at you, tells you you’re not sitting in the boat correctly, and throws you back into the water. She is not a Savior; she is a probation officer. You don’t need a probation officer at this time. You need a Savior!

JESUS is that Savior!

Jesus will teach, instruct, throw a lifeline, and take you to safety.

Titus 2:13: Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus (NASB).

What are your thoughts about the difference between tutor, teacher, and Savior?