It’s impossible to ever know the full extent of the blessings we have in Christ because of our salvation. In Christ, we are blessed in every facet of our lives, in ways we know and in ways we don’t know until circumstances in our lives change. God’s love for us is wide and deep beyond measure.
Throughout Scripture, there are a number of terms given to those who put their faith in Christ. The book of Acts says that it was first in the town of Berea that followers of Christ were called “Christians” — literally, “little Christ-ians; those who were Christ-like”. In many of his letters, Paul refers to us as “Believers” or “Soldiers”. Peter uses the term “Brothers” (and sisters!), and John loves the term “family” when talking about the community of Christ followers. The Bible also uses the words “Disciple” and “Runner” and “Servant” and “Ambassador” and many others to describe those who have put their eternal hope in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
I was recently preaching a sermon in the book of Hebrews when I came across this passage:
“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord…” — Hebrews 2:3
(If you’re an insomniac, click HERE to listen to the sermon online)
I had never really thought about the fact that Jesus had announced Himself as a Savior. In fact, I remember a few years ago, reading a book by a guy claiming that Jesus didn’t really teach anything about Himself that would indicate He was God or Savior; that we’ve somehow made that up in the last 2,000 years since Christ walked the earth.
Well I hope yesterday got you thinking, and the two comments given were really insightful! I loved the illustration of the speeder on the freeway. If you missed yesterday’s TD, be sure to check it out before going any further today.
At the end of the day, there is a lot that can be said about the Luke 15 parables and I’d like to offer two very important thoughts that jump off the pages to me. Let me know what you think.
What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~Author Unknown