What is Salvation?

Jesus' name is highly symbolic in that it means "God saves." This is most appropriate since Christians acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Savior. Jesus came to rescue us from those evil forces within and outside us that keep us from being the kind of people God wants us to be. Jesus came to reconcile humans to God, to heal our brokenness, to renew all of creation.

When we speak of salvation we mean the good and happiness that God intends for us, the healing of our hurts, the attainment of God’s peace. Salvation is the mending of broken relationships that keep us alienated from God and other people. It is the showering of God’s blessings and attention, God’s grace, adoption into the divine family, the sharing of His life with us. Salvation means the forgiveness of our sins and redemption from the power of evil and death.

Jesus is the Savior. It is His love, His service, His sacrifice, His presence, His death and resurrection that have won eternal life for us. No one else and nothing else can accomplish what Jesus has accomplished: the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. Jesus is the good news the apostles preached after His resurrection. "For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved" (Acts 4:12).