Jesus is our Salvation
Psalm 62:6–8 (ESV)
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Our world is a dangerous place. We trust God alone is our rock and salvation. He is the strength we lean on in times of trouble. In Christianity we use the term salvation to describe how Jesus rescues us from death and reconciles our separation from God. While we were yet hostile to God’s plans, He sent His own son to be our salvation. There is salvation in no one else. No one else, besides Jesus, is able to accomplish our rescue from death. Jesus restores our relationship with God. This broken relationship with God cannot be restored by any other. The particular claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation can be seen by others as arrogant, prideful, or unfair. The minimization of Jesus as the only way of salvation is rooted in a failure to understand the problem of sin. Sin has broken our relationship with the one true God. We do not have the capability to restore this relationship with God through our own efforts. There is not one person that is righteous enough to stand in front of the Almighty Father without the intercession of Jesus. Our hope is built on Jesus Christ as our refuge and strength.
Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity, assumed our full human nature. Jesus is fully divine and fully human. Jesus is perfect love, righteousness, holiness, and eternal truth. Jesus is the Son of God, fully divine. Jesus lived a sinless life. Jesus did not merely look like a man. Philippians 2:8 declares, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” The incarnation is the act of Jesus becoming human. God in the flesh in Jesus accomplishes the salvation for all people. Jesus took upon himself the penalty of our sin. Jesus carried our sin as a substitute. Jesus is our way to a right relationship with God. Believe in Jesus as your way, truth, and life because He alone is the one able to save us. Trust in Jesus.
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church is a community of believers that trusts in Jesus and shares this rescuing love. We share the good news of Jesus because we trust the love of Jesus is for all people. Throughout the season of Easter continually look to Jesus as your salvation and trust that the Holy Spirit will give you opportunities to share this good news with others.