He Shall Save
Matthew 1: 18-25
The term saved, when speaking of one giving their life to Jesus, is not merely church talk. The Bible makes it clear that what Jesus did for us, and our acknowledgement of it, saves us. God sent His son to save us!
Acts 2:21, 4:12, 15:11, 16:30, Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Ephesians 2:8, Titus 3:5, and Revelation 21:24 all use the word saved for how God has rescued us from our sins and eternal separation. Not only that, but Jesus Himself used this term. In Matthew 18:11 Jesus says, “I’ve come to seek an to save that which was lost.”
When He saves us from our sinful ways, there is an obvious change in our lives. It’s a whole lot deeper than joining a church or small group. It’s more than singing in a choir or any other church activity. This is something that is supernatural. You know you’ve called upon the Lord and He has been faithful and mighty to save you! You can talk about all these church things, and not many will question it. But, the moment you use the phrase, “I’ve been saved,” that’s when we get the quesion.
Saved from what?
First of all, the angel in our passage said that Jesus Christ would come to save people from their sin! He saves us from the spirit of pride that we used to walk in. He also saves us from walking in darkness. We stumble over the same old, foolish, temporal things that do not matter. He saves us from our past sins, failures, weaknesses, and our faults, passions and lusts. Jesus took them with Him as He was nailed to the cross, casting them out into the sea of forgetfulness. They are all as far as the east is from the west, never to shame us again! The Accuser cannot hold our past against us anymore!
The past penalty of sin is gone, but more than that, Jesus also saved us from the present power of sin! We have overcome the demonic powers of hell because greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If God is for me, who can be against me? God didn’t just save me to take away my past sins. He’s the God of today and right now, and forever more!
Psalm 23 tells us of how God never forsakes us. He doesn’t save us at one moment and then leave us to figure it all out for ourselves after that. He constantly guides us, leads us, and carries us. Jesus came to save, and He shall continue to save! Fix your eyes upon Him as He remains the ever-present help in times of trouble. Jesus will stand on the bow of your ship and He will speak peace into your situations!
We love y’all. We’re praying for you! We’re always saving you a seat at Community Family Church!