If you have ever sailed through a large body of water, you may have noticed that a device called a “lifesaver” is usually needed in the event of an emergency. Within every commercial ship, lifesavers are available so that anyone who falls overboard, can be rescued from the danger of drowning. Even lifeguards utilize these devices to assist in bringing a drowning person back to safety. This device is meant to ensure safety, but to also ensure that the possibility of perishing is nonexistent.
Salvation as a concept can be essentially the same as using a lifesaver. The truth is, all of us are in need of a savior. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” In this scripture, “The thief” refers to satan. Satan desires to destroy all that is good, which also includes destroying and stealing life from humanity. However, in this same scripture, Jesus says that He has come so that we might have life and have it to the full. This means, that Jesus came, died and rose again so that you and I might live a life of abundance.
The message of salvation is one of redemption. It is the redemptive power of Jesus Christ which gives everyone an opportunity to know God, and to be rescued from our sin. It is our sinful nature that separates us from having a relationship with God. According to Romans 6:23 it says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The Apostle Paul is saying that the penalty of sin is death, but not just a physical death but a spiritual death. When we as humans are not in Christ, we are dead, spiritually. However, the latter part of that verse says, the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ. To be in Christ, is to have life which not only includes physical life but spiritual life.
When it comes to reaching those who are in darkness, it is the duty of every Christian to actively pursue the message of Jesus Christ. In thinking about the example of a lifesaver, Christ is the lifesaver for humanity. Sin and worldliness represent the thrashing waves of an ocean. It also represents the depth of the water which if one does not have a lifesaver, they will likely drown unless they are able to swim. However, if you are not in Christ and you have not experienced salvation, then you cannot swim in the depths of a decaying world.
All around us, there is a steady display of a world that is perishing in decadence. If you were to turn on your local or national news, you would see murder, threats of terrorism, weather-related tragedies, immoral and ungodly behavior. Not only are the very things we see absolute signs of the coming of Jesus Christ (Read Matthew 24) but these are behaviors and occurrences which are based in sin. The very things that you and I see, is a result of a wicked and perverse generation.
However, the good news is that Jesus Christ is the remedy. He is the lifesaver because he addresses our need for a savior. The purpose of the body of Christ is not merely to exist as a collection of believers. However, it is to pursue those who are in their sin to provide them with the “lifesaver” which is Christ. In Mark 16:15 it says, “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Jesus was speaking to the 12 Disciples when he gave them a charge to spread the good news unto all of the world. That same call to the Disciples is the same call that every Christian has upon salvation, and that is to spread the good news. What is the “good news”?
The good news is that Jesus Christ came and has given humanity an alternative to Hell and destruction. Even as it relates to daily living, a life in Christ is more productive than a life without Him. God wishes that no man perish as it says in 2 Peter 3:9. We who are in Christ, have the awesome responsibility of sharing God’s love with what we say, and how we live.
For those of you who are not in Christ, you can know what true love is by accepting Jesus as your savior. It is your sin that separates you from truly knowing God. Before you take your last breath, you can know where your destination will be after this life. Will it be in the presence of a Holy God where there will be rest and safety? Or will it be in Hell which is a place of darkness, anguish and separation from a loving God? No one has to leave this Earth to perish. The choice is up to each individual. However, even we who are Christians must demonstrate and spread the message of Jesus. God loves each person so much, that He gave his son Jesus Christ to take our sin and exonerate us from wrongdoing. The lifesaver is available to all. Spread the message of God’s saving grace, or if you haven’t already, accept the gift of salvation that is readily available to you.