THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

THE SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION

Are you looking for salvation? Do you want a step-by-step guide to your salvation? Well, if you are and you do, then this message is just for you. So here is the

“…knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,” Luke 1:77

That’s it. Salvation comes by the remission of sins. Plain and simple.

And if you think about it, it really is that simple, isn’t it? If you did something wrong, the only way you can be saved, the only way you can get right with whichever person or authority you have wronged, is to have your errors expunged, your deeds forgiven and your sins remitted.

And so it is with God. If we want to receive salvation, we must have our sins remitted. But how do we do that?

Now, ‘how’ is a different matter. How do we get our demerit points expunged from our drivers’ license? How do we get a waiver from the littering fine? How do we get our spouses to forgive us when we have done something wrong? That’s a tough one.

It’s tough because there are different strokes for different folks. We need to know the right people to talk to, know what makes them tick, know why, to them, the crime mattered; then find out what you can do to make it up to them. And that is what makes getting our errors forgiven so difficult; because we need to reach out to the ‘offended’ and make it up to them.

So, is it the same with God? Do we need to reach out to God and beg Him to forgive us? Many of us certainly think that way, don’t we? God is there and we are here and we think that we need to ‘catch Him on a good day’ if we are to have any hope of having our sins forgiven.

But if you are thinking like that, then I have good news for you; for beloved,

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,” Luke 1:68

Caught those two verbs? God has ‘visited’ us and ‘redeemed’ us. It has already been done. Our errors have been expunged, our deeds forgiven and our sins remitted. And the best thing is, God has done it for us. There is no need for us to beg.

But how can this be? Well, let’s see.

When Zacharias said that in Luke 1, his wife, Elizabeth, has just given birth to their son. Now, remember the circumstances under which their son was given?

“…Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.” Luke 1:7

So it is little wonder then that when the angel of the Lord visited Zacharias and said,

“Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” Luke 1:13

Zacharias was more than a little doubtful and said,

“How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” Luke 1:18

Yet, not only did it happen, we are told, in great detail, just what role John the Baptist, their miracle baby, would have in this world.

“…He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:15-17

John was sent to announce the arrival of Christ and prepare the hearts of the people. So that is why, during his dedication, John’s father, Zacharias, “…was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,”” Luke 1:67-68

You see, in Christ, God has indeed visited His people; and it is no coincidence that John recognized Jesus the moment he saw Him, and said,

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

And in this declaration lies the fulfillment of Zacharias’ prophesy; for in God’s economy, the only way you can make atonement for your sins, the only way your sins can be removed, is through the shedding of blood.

“…for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11

Now, why is blood so significant? That is because,

“…the life of the flesh is in the blood…” Leviticus 17:11

So because “…the wages of sin is death,…” Romans 6:23

How else can we pay the price of sin, if not by the shedding of blood?

So if Jesus is to be

“The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

The only way He can do that is if He paid for our sins with blood, His blood. And that is why, during the last supper, Jesus said,

“Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Indeed, of Jesus, John says,

“…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Yet, though “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-13

Jesus came not only to visit us, but also to redeem us, to make us God’s children. But the only way that He could do that, is if He brought along a payment for our sins, a payment in blood. And with His own blood, He did. And that is why our Father said in Leviticus,

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls;…” Leviticus 17:11

Caught that last bit? Yes, God has given us the blood of Jesus upon the altar, to make atonement for our souls. And all that Jesus is telling us to do on our part, is to believe and receive.

You see beloved, salvation is supposed to be complex. Just think about all the times when you have wronged someone. Remember how difficult it was to make things right with them? And those were mere imperfect mortal souls. Now how much more difficult should salvation be when it comes to Almighty God?

Yet, God has made salvation so simple and accessible for us, by having Jesus do all that we were supposed to. We were supposed to bleed for our transgressions and give up our lives for our sins. But our Father loves us so much that He said,

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

Even the wicked, God wants to have turn from his way and live. What more you?

So that is why Jesus was sent to bleed, so that we don’t have to; and that is why Jesus was sent to die, so that we don’t have to.

And because God has

“…given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls;…” Leviticus 17:11

That is how we know that “…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Beloved, salvation is not something we need to work at; because for us, our salvation has already been purchased by the blood of Jesus. He gave His blood, He gave His life, in exchange for ours, on the cross, so that the wages of our sin may be paid, and paid in full.

Indeed, “…God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

So stop making salvation complex. God has made salvation simple and accessible. All that is required of you is to believe and receive, for salvation is God’s gift to you.

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