The Great Commission
1 Peter 2:2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Growing up in our salvation is the task and goal of the rest of our lives. Understanding what Jesus ‘did’ for us, and why, should be a ‘joy-filled’ focus and pursuit. Like a baby ‘craving milk’ or a child who searches for grandma’s cookies, we can develop a ‘sweet tooth’ for the things of God. Most importantly, understanding his ‘salvation’.
We most often think of an automobile as one single object. The truth is an automobile consists of many parts or systems— engine, electrical, hydraulics, chassis and body. Put them all together in the proper order and one has what we commonly call a ‘car’. Similarly, when we think of the work of ‘salvation’ accomplished by Jesus, we should understand that the term ‘salvation’ has many parts.
Saved from the Penalty!: Jesus’ BLOOD shed on the Cross PAID THE PRICE for our redemption. The debt of ‘sin’ had to be accounted for— and in the only acceptable ‘currency’— blood! Jesus was ’without sin’! He owed no debt for Himself, therefore he could, if He chose, use his currency, his blood, to pay for the debts of others. Jesus chose to pay the debt for our sin with his blood.
Saved from Corruption: Jesus’ RESURRECTION from the grave broke the stranglehold of death on humanity. Even though the ’sin debt’ was paid by Jesus’ blood, we were still enslaved to ‘flesh’… our earthly bodies and would eventually ‘die’. But on that Sunday morning, Jesus broke the chains of hell and death, and as the ‘FIRSTFRUIT’ from the dead, he open up our access to a NEW BODY’ that would live for eternity. No more ‘death’s sting’ or ‘grave’s victory’. Not only are we ‘free to go’ (our debt is paid) but now we have a ‘vehicle’ in which to travel into Eternity— a resurrection body.
Saved to Eternity: For five weeks and four days after His resurrection, Jesus remained on Earth. He revealed Himself to hundreds of followers, teaching and reassuring them. Then, atop the Mt. of Olives, Jesus demonstrated what would happen to us: he ASCENDED from Earth. Jesus’ final act of salvation was to ‘go to prepare a place for you’ so you can someday follow him to your ETERNAL HOME!