“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
Jesus saves. But what does He save us from? Ourselves? Our thoughts? Our actions? Our sins? No. He saves us from the wrathful judgment of God upon us as a result of our sinfulness. There is a natural consequence to being a sinner: judgment.
Scripture teaches us in Hosea 8:13, “Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins.” Scripture also tells us in Hosea 9:9, “God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” What do these verses tell us? God will punish the sinner. In other words, the one who rejects Jesus does not have a covering for sin, does not have forgiveness of sins, and has the wrath of God abiding upon him.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” – John 3:36
So what does Jesus save us from? He saves us from the wrath of God. Jesus fully understood the reality of hell, which is why he spoke more about the torments of hell than he did about heaven. Jesus even went as far as to say in Matthew 18:8, “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.“
Let’s break this down:
Because of our sinfulness, we deserve hell (the wrath of God). Our sin (imperfect) separates us from God (perfect), creating a gap between us and Him. Now separated from God, He knew that there was only one way for us (imperfect) to be reconciled to Him (perfect). He would have to sacrifice the life of His ONLY Son, Jesus (who was perfect). This sacrifice shows us how much God loves us and desires a relationship with us. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross bridged the gap between us and God. When Jesus died on the cross, all of our sins (past, present, and future) were atoned for. Jesus raised from the dead three days after being crucified; therefore, demonstrating His power. His death represented our sinfulness and his resurrection represents new life which is available to us by believing in Him. By repenting of our sins, seeking forgiveness, and believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we are restored to fellowship with God; therefore, being saved from the wrath of God we once deserved.
Let’s be thankful for a God who provided a way to Him when there was no way.
Thank You Jesus.