Salvation as we know it, is not just having our souls delivered from the eternal damnation it was set for. It means to be saved and a person can be saved from different things. However, the type of salvation found in Christ is not like that in the world. Jesus Christ saves and saves completely. He is an all-round Savior!
The first thing Jesus saves us from is eternal suffering. Prior to Christ’s coming down to die for all sinners, mankind was living in sin. The sacrifices performed then, the blood of lambs and other animals shed for ‘atonement of sin’ didn’t really atone for our sins. Rather, it covered the sins up. But when Jesus died for us, His blood atoned completely for our sins. His blood washed our sins, reconciled us with God and he qualified us for an eternity in heaven ( For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved by His life…Romans 5:10 AMP). The bible lets us know that it is only those who have accepted Him as Savior and their Lord [and live holy lives] that can see God. An eternity with God can only be assured in Jesus Christ because He alone saves us from eternal sorrow.
There is salvation from sicknesses and diseases readily available in Christ Jesus. When the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9:20 met with Jesus, He wasn’t the one that called out her healing…although the healing came from God through Jesus. Her healing was already waiting for her. As soon as she touched the hem of His garment, she was healed completely…it was there, waiting for her. Even after many trials and errors by other doctors, Doctor Jesus saved her from sickness (Matthew 9 : 20-22). Jarius’s daughter, Bartimeus the blind, the ten lepers, Peter’s mother-in-law and thousands of people were saved from the claws of sickness the very moment they met with Jesus. And it is the same even till this day. In Jesus Christ, our healing has been set, waiting for us to access it [by faith]. Even before we ask for it, we have been saved from sickness.
Salvation from oppression? Jesus gives it. When Jesus and His disciples met with the madman of Gerasenes recorded in the bible to have lived in caves and injured himself, the man had been severely oppressed by demons…not one, not two, not even three but many…so many, they called themselves legion. But before Jesus left the place, the man was no longer mad. He was set free, saved from his former ordeal (Mark 5: 1-20). That means, regardless of your current oppression, no matter how many those demons may be or how great the oppression is, Jesus Christ can save you from it. Because, at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth…Philippians 2:10 AMP.
Jesus even saves from death! The widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-17 had been on her way to bury her only son when Jesus met her on the way. At that very moment, the boy was saved from death and brought back to life. Even in John 11: 17- 44 we read of how Lazarus had been dead for four days and with just a call, Jesus brought him back to life. Again, Jarius’s daughter who had been sick was now on the verge of death…she was dying slowly but as the Savior and Life giver that He is, He restored her life and gave a complete healing (Luke 8: 49-56). Death has no power over He that gives life…even at the verge of death, Jesus Christ the life giver, can save you.
When you live constantly in sin, you become its slave and it is not a merciful master at all (Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience which leads to righteousness?…Romans 6:16 AMP) . The bible helps understand that sin’s wage is death( Romans 6:23 ). It has nothing to offer other than short-lived pleasure, regret, sorrow, punishment and eventually, death. Not to worry, Jesus also saves us from that. He saves us from being slaves to sin. The adulterous woman in John 8: 1-11 was to be stoned to death as that is the punishment for an adulterer but luckily, she had been brought to Jesus and He saved her from sin’s wage. In the past times, staying away from sin was a lot harder and so it was somewhat inevitable to fall in and out of sin. However, when Jesus Christ came and died for us, He released unto us, God’s grace by making us sons and daughters of God. It is that grace of being His children that enables us to live a righteous life. It is grace that saves us from being slaves to sin. Now we can live freely as God’s children because we have been saved from sin! (Acts 15: 11; Galatians 1:4; Matthew 1:21; Revelation 1:5).
If you are in a difficult situation or you are trapped in failure, I think by now you should know that Jesus can save you. Peter, when he first met Jesus in Luke 5:4, was at sea ‘fishing’. He had caught nothing all night…that was a very difficult situation for a fisherman to have been in. He probably felt like a failure. Jesus saved him from that situation that very day. That day, he caught so many fish that he had to ask other fishermen to help him, Luke 5: 6-7. That very day, Jesus saved him from that difficulty and the possibility of feeling like a failure. You don’t have to feel dismayed or unhappy when you find yourself in a difficult situation…call on Jesus and He’d be there to save you from it.
However, there are certain criteria for anyone looking for salvation, any type of salvation, must meet up to. To be a benefactor of these blessings you first of all have to surrender your all to Jesus. Only a person who surrenders his life to Jesus is bound for a happy life on earth and a blissful eternity. For those who might have surrendered their lives already, it is important to let Jesus save you. He is a gentle man and won’t force His way into your life because He has given everyone freewill. Everyone has a choice. Until you choose to allow Him save you, you’d remain unsaved.