Darkness. Nothingness. No consciousness. Until a voice awakened my mind.
“Can you hear me?”
My mouth could not form words. My eyes tried to open.
“We’re going to get you out.”
Something – someone tugged on my arm. Now my eyes opened. My mind cried pain. Someone pulled on both my arms dragging me across the hump in the car’s floorboard and past the pedals.
The rescue workers tried to be gentle but why did they have to lay me on a huge rock? They had saved me from the mangled mess that was once a car. But my salvation was not complete.
The rock didn’t go away when they put me on the gurney and took me to the hospital. The doctors took over and fortunately my injuries weren’t life threatening – a slight concussion, a fractured rib, and a fractured shoulder(this was the boulder). The medical personnel gave me some meds, a sling, and instructions in caring for my injuries. They took me one step further in saving me from greater injury.
It wasn’t until a few weeks later my healing was completed. No more pain. No more injury.
The wrecked car is our life before Christ reaches in and saves us from death’s destiny. His death on the cross completes our salvation. We cannot add anything to it. It’s received in one moment of time.
The Birth of Our Salvation:
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God …
But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.”
John 3:3; John 1:12,13
Salvation from sin’s power and its penalty of death is ours when we believe Jesus is the Son of God and died in our place. The only thing left is to walk in the fullness of our salvation and ultimately be saved from the presence of sin forever. Apostle Paul in chapters four and five of his first letter to the Thessalonians tells us when that will happen.
The Days of our Salvation:
- “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day …
- let us, who are of the day, be sober,
- putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
- and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
- For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us,
- that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
- Wherefore comfort yourselves together,
- and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
The Consummation of our Salvation:
“For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God:
- and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
- Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
- and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren,
ye have no need that I write unto you.
For you yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they say, Peace and safety;
then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape.”
Salvation received in one moment of time; lived out as children of light throughout our lifetime; and brought to its fullness when we see Jesus. And this is our promise –
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
For now, our salvation urges us to be children of light who share the light of Christ with the children of darkness who are void of this hope.