“People in Jesus’ time questioned His authority to save, they went to Him for healing, and they didn’t doubt. Today, we don’t question Jesus’ ability to save, but we question His ability to heal or do the miraculous….”
There are times these days where I don’t recognize the world anymore. Up is down and I’ve lost a hopeful optimism I retained in my youth. I also just downloaded a social media app, Marco Polo, it’s like my tenth social networking app, why?!? Anyway, I look to Jesus, and He doesn’t even look the same to me as He used to and I have to wonder why to that.
I live in a world where we can’t clearly define sin and do our best to stay away from the subject with others. We strive hard to receive a free gift of love from Christ and trouble with having an identity of being loved/redeemed. We have turned love your enemy and your neighbor’ to love your yourself.
I recently wrote an article about peace and its meaning of Shalom. We think of peace and have an image of one aspect of the word, Jesus says Shalom (peace), and he means wholeness, blessing, deliverance, prosperity, completeness, and, oh yeah, peace. I was listening to a sermon, where I got the above quote from, and I realized that salvation is the same deal as peace. When Jesus said Save or Salvation (Sozo), He meant healing, eternal salvation, peace, deliverance, wellness, or wholeness.
I’ve spent so much time in life doing the right thing, doing what I ought to do and then questioning things when the first bad thing comes my way. I hold on to my religion to set me right but here is the bible clearly saying the same things over and over again which differs from my stance of striving to earn my reward. What is Sozo saying, I died, now you are healed. I died, now you are made whole. I died so you can have complete peace. I died, now you lack for nothing, I died now you are reconciled to me. It’s not a question of when it will happen, its happened, it’s a question of do you turn to religion or to what you see with your own mind or do you turn to who you trust ( faith in Jesus, the person). When did Jesus not heal someone? When was his ability less than the situation, other than when people did not seek Him out.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being saved in my Spirit or in all aspects of my living. I do want to start to let go the things that tether me to not having Shalom or Sozo.
John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.