Yeshua (the Hebrew name Jesus was known by while on earth, which means “Salvation”) is our Light, our Life and our Salvation. There is no other name on which we can call.
Jesus said in John 14:6-7 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”
John 3:3 “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” This refers to our spiritual rebirth, when we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit after our conversion.
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
My ever favorite, John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
I recently purchased a wonderful book that anyone who loves the Lord and wants to know Him better would benefit greatly by adding to their collection. It is called The Greatest Words Ever Spoken (Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life and Everything Else) by Steven K. Scott. It contains over 1,900 statements made by Jesus, organized under more than 200 topics. If you want to know what Jesus said about Eternal Life (Salvation), there are eight pages full of quotes of just what He told us on that subject. If you want to know what he foretold about his death, resurrection and Second Coming, there are ten pages of His prophesy about Himself. If you want to know what Jesus said about anything, this book makes it so much easier than hunting through your Bible to find it. You can then go to your Bible and read the chapter containing the scripture, to have the full context of what He said.
We who have been redeemed in Christ and follow Him know that our salvation is assured in Him. We have been clearly promised by God in His Word, but on top of that, we know Him. He is closer to us than our own heartbeat, closer than our breath. He lives in us, and He knows us so much more intimately than we know ourselves because He created us and He loves us more than we are capable of comprehending. We have been given an inestimable and incomparable gift.
With this gift, we have also been given a responsibility, which is to share the exceptional news of salvation through Christ with the world. Jesus said: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” He also said: “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” He was not just talking to the twelve disciples–he was talking to all his disciples through the ages, and that includes us, if we are truly followers of His. It is easy to tell the great news to friends and family of a new job, or new house, new car, vacation plans, or a new baby in the family. Why is it so hard for us to tell the so much more excellent news that Jesus died for us that we might be saved? We should never fear what others will think or say about us; we should only fear what He will think of us on that day, if we have not done what little He asked of us in return for so precious a gift. If we have received the power of the Holy Spirit, it should actually be difficult for us not to want to share the Good News, filled with the fruits of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as we now are, or are becoming.
Every human being will stand before God on that day, and as Christians, we should be much more concerned about the horrors they who didn’t accept salvation will face, than the slight discomfort we might suffer as a result of speaking out. If in our speaking (or actually allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through us), even one hears and turns to Him and away from destruction, how much more exceedingly great our joy will be. I can’t imagine anything more horrible than seeing someone I have known and loved being cast into Hell, and worse, if on their way they turn and scream: “Why didn’t you ever tell me?” As Christians, we are called to love everyone, not just our friends, family, spouse, etc. – even unbelievers do that. Jesus, the Light of the world, gave us the light of life so that we might shine for the world to see Him in us.
2 Timothy 1:7 “for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.”