“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua, Hebrew for ‘salvation’], because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mat 1:21.)
Jesus’ name itself means “salvation.” It is not only what He does, it is who He is. It is both His character and His purpose If we are to understand what it is to follow Him, we must understand Him as a God of salvation. Much of the church currently puts little emphasis on salvation, and where we do we often under-represent it as a one off act in our lives.
The Bible does talk about salvation as something that happens to us when we meet Jesus, but it puts even more focus on it being both a continual process and a future occurrence in our lives. Salvation is not just a one off event, it is an unceasing outworking in our lives as we grow deeper into God.
In english, we get the word “salvage,” from salvation. Salvation is our being salvaged from the world, and processed by Jesus to transform us into who He wants us to be,
“…are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:18.)
Jesus saves us from our sins, which literally means that as we repent of our sins and follow Him, He salvages us and makes us into something new. We must as a church begin to put a focus on salvation, not as a one time act but as a process that will see our lives reconstructed. As we preach on the truth of God as walking away from our sins to follow Him, our churches become spiritual recycling centres, recycling dead and broken lives and turning them into the very people of God. It is for this reason that we must continue to preach repentance from sin and turning our lives over to Jesus, for without such repentance there can be no true salvation.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18.)