Yesterday morning, during our Sunday service, a young man talked about the meaning of the name Jesus, which in Hebrew is Yeshua. He pointed out that of all the names God could have given his son, he chose the one that means, “God saves” or “God’s salvation.”
My thoughts began to wander, and some of metaphors for this idea of salvation came to mind.
He’s our lighthouse in the storm of life. Without a lighthouse to guide the way to safety, a ship will run aground. But the lighthouse will save the ship; it will illuminate the way. The gospel of John tells us that Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life.
He is the arm reaching down to pull us out of deep waters, where surely we would perish. Sometimes we’re in over our head; we feel as though we are drowning. Overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, we may feel on the brink of death. But he is there.
He is a Secret Service agent (smile) who willing takes the bullet so that the President will live, even though it means the agent will die. Okay, it’s a little corny, but pretty apt, right? The agent will lay down his life, if it means the one he serves and protects will live.
God the Father demonstrated his great love by allowing his Son to “take a bullet” for us. Yes, that bullet was meant for us. God’s laws prevent us from being with him when we are “dead in our sin.” These words from Colossians 2:13 mean that the penalty for sin, which is death, must be paid. Jesus paid that price when he gave his life for ours.
Heavy words, I know. But I carry in my heart a great hope–a hope of eternal life in heaven with my Father and his son, Yeshua. I have that hope because Yeshua lived up to the meaning of his name, “God saves.”