“That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.” —Luke 1:71
Everyone understands to some degree the concept of being saved. Being saved is to be rescued, to be delivered from distress and danger. The whole concept of salvation implies being saved from something. It means being saved from an enemy that threatens to destroy us.
The name Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew Yeshuah, which means “Jehovah is salvation.” And the word salvation derives its highest meaning from the rescue mission that Jesus came to perform for us, saving us from the spiritual forces that held our hearts and souls captive.
Once a person has been delivered from a dire circumstance, the last place they willingly want to place themselves is back under its power. If we would truly recognize the life-threatening danger that sin posed (and still poses) to us, we would want nothing at all to do with it.
The closer we come to knowing what salvation really means, the further away we’ll stay from the sin that made us need saving in the first place.
Make it Personal
Even if you’ve known Christ for many years, how have you experienced His salvation from sin in recent days?