Child of the world – “What does it mean that Jesus saves?”

Question: “What does it mean that Jesus  saves?”
“Jesus saves” is a popular slogan on bumper  stickers, signs at athletic events, and even banners being pulled across the sky  by small airplanes. Sadly, few who see the phrase “Jesus saves” truly and fully  understand what it means. There is a tremendous amount of power and truth packed  into those two words.

Jesus saves, but who is Jesus? Most people understand that Jesus was a man who lived in Israel approximately  2000 years ago. Virtually every religion in the world views Jesus as a good  teacher and/or a prophet. And while those things are most definitely true of  Jesus, they do not capture who Jesus truly is, nor do they explain how or why  Jesus saves. Jesus is God in human form (John 1:1, 14). Jesus is God, come to  Earth, as a true human being (1 John 4:2).  God became a human being in the person of Jesus in order to save us. That brings  up the next question: why do we need to be saved?

Jesus saves,  but why do we need to be saved? The Bible declares that every human  being who has ever lived has sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans  3:23). To sin is to do something, whether in thought, word, or deed, that  contradicts God’s perfect and holy character. Because of our sin, we all deserve  judgment from God (John 3:18, 36). God is perfectly just, so  He cannot allow sin and evil to go unpunished. Since God is infinite and  eternal, and since all sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), only an infinite and eternal punishment is  sufficient. Eternal death is the only just punishment for sin. That is why we  need to be saved.
Jesus saves, but how does He save? Because we have sinned against an infinite God, either a finite person (us)  must pay for our sins for an infinite amount of time, or an infinite Person  (Jesus) must pay for our sins one time. There is no other option. Jesus saves us  by dying in our place. In the person of Jesus Christ, God sacrificed Himself on  our behalf, paying the infinite and eternal penalty only He could pay (2 Corinthians 5:211 John 2:2). Jesus took the  punishment that we deserve in order to save us from a horrible eternal destiny,  the just consequence of our sin. Because of His great love for us, Jesus laid  down His life (John 15:13),  paying the penalty that we had earned, but could not pay. Jesus was then  resurrected, demonstrating that His death was indeed sufficient to pay the  penalty for our sins (1 Corinthians 15).
Jesus saves, but who  does He save? Jesus saves all who will receive His gift of  salvation. Jesus saves all those who fully trust in His sacrifice alone as the  payment for sin (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). While Jesus’  sacrifice was perfectly sufficient to pay for the sins of all humanity, Jesus  only saves those who personally receive His most precious of gifts (John 1:12).
If you now understand what it means  that Jesus saves, and you want to trust in Him as your personal Savior, make  sure you understand and believe the following, and as an act of faith,  communicate the following to God. “God, I know that I am a sinner, and I know  that because of my sin I deserve to be eternally separated from you. Even though  I do not deserve it, thank you for loving me and providing the sacrifice for my  sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus  died for my sins and I trust in Him alone to save me. From this point forward,  help me to live my life for you instead of for sin. Help me to live the rest of  my life in gratitude for the wonderful salvation you have provided. Thank you,  Jesus, for saving me!”
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2 Responses to Child of the world – “What does it mean that Jesus saves?”

  1. Pingback: Urdu Blog – 98 What does it mean that Jesus saves? | ChristianBlessings

  2. rickroehm says:

    You may find it hard to believe…but the nature, soul, character, and being of a human is (corrupt and rebellious) from birth. Moral depravity (the natural state of man from conception) is inherited from the Fall of Adam. A man without Christ has no possible means of change suitable for God, correction with the Spirit, or escape from inherited moral depravity.

    To be saved means that God did something within the human soul to save or deliver man from moral corruption. Sin is the object…to be saved is God’s method of getting rid of sin. Jesus saves the human soul from sin and moral corruption by His actual person, His actual power, and His actual presence.

    To be saved comes specifically from understanding things that pertain to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. I like Jesus’ own words as He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”…Note He said, “I am”. Salvation comes to the believer because, “He is”.

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