Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Salvation we still need...


I blame John Bunayn; after all it was he in his classic book Pilgrim’s Progress, that painted the compelling picture of Christian coming to the cross and his heavy burden of sin rolling away. Christian then sets out on his journey to the Celestial City – burden, cross, salvation – done, far behind as now he treks the narrow way through life to Heaven.

We’re in the Easter season and focusing on the Cross of Christ – His great sacrifice and love for us – we remember and we are grateful but I’ve realized the word “salvation” is not just for that initial meeting with the Savior.

Once saved, we are always saved from the everlasting punishment our sins have earned us. Christ’s blood has paid that price. We are His forever and will one day join Him in heaven.  But the Bible speaks of God being our repeated salvation:

“The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.” Psalms 37:39,40

The One who delivered us from an eternal hell stands ready to continue to deliver us from the personal hells we encounter in life.
 He is our strength in times of trouble. 
Our deliverance.
Our salvation because we trust in Him.
The Cross, O pilgrim, is not only the doorway through which we entered our walk with the Lord, but stands still as a symbol that He always stands ready to deliver us.