If we could save ourselves -- why would we need a Savior? Jesus didn’t enter the world to help us save ourselves. He entered the world to save us from ourselves.
As a Boy Scout, I earned a lifesaving merit badge. The fact is, the only people I saved were other Boy Scouts who didn’t need to be saved. During training I would rescue other trainees. We took turns saving each other. But since we weren’t really drowning, we resisted being rescued. “Stop kicking and let me save you,” I’d say.
It’s impossible to save those who are trying to save themselves. You might save yourself from a broken heart or going broke or running out of gas. But you’re not good enough to save yourself from sin. You are not strong enough to save yourself from death. You need a Savior…and because of [Calvary], you have one!
-- Max Lucado