Just what is “salvation” anyway? It has become a religious word instead of a God-heart word, so let’s bring it back to His heart.
The word “salvation” in the Old Testament comes from the word Y’shuwab, or Yeshua. Sound familiar yet? It means to help, to deliver, to save, to bring victory, to care for the welfare of someone. Its connotation to the recipient is one who is brought to good health and prosperity, free of problems. The source of salvation is outside of the situation, not inside of it. A “savior” can rescue us from sickness, our enemies, or any other catastrophe. In total, the denotes a full and complete deliverance from everything we face in live on this earth!
The Bible says that Jesus “saved” us by the cross. That simply means He created the avenue where the enemy of our souls can no longer have authority over us. Nor only do we have intimate relationship to the God of all Creation, but like a safe zone wherever we go, there is no plan against us that can prosper. Jesus also took back the keys of death, hell and the grave by His death and resurrection. That means if we encounter a life-threatening situation here on earth, we don’t have to worry, because He’s already made a place for us with Him forever. We cannot be separated from His love (Romans 8).
When I was a little girl, my dad saw a car burst into flames. He slammed on his brakes, bolted to the vehicle, yanked the female driver out onto the ground, wrapped her in a coat, and flagged down a passing motorist to call the police. When he got home, he smelled like smoke, his coat was charred, and though he told us what happened, it didn’t seem to be a big deal to him. Just something that “had to be done.”
Jesus’ Name means deliverance, rescue, salvation. He IS those things and does them because it is His nature. He doesn’t stop and think first. He simply saves. It is the heart of God that none should perish in ANY way. Salvation is something that “has to be done.” In His heart, He is love. In His work, He is love. We are saved by His love. Whatever you are facing today–a trial, a joyous moment, a change in direction–know that the God of salvation is on the move in your behalf!