HOW YESHUA SAVES
In ancient times, God has given ancient Israel with His covenant and set them aside for salvation. But in latter times, He made His salvation available to the entire world. How did He do this? This is how The Lord God committed His salvation in our time, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah:
"And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant...
Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’"
This is God’s grace to man in our time. He promised a Servant whom He will make His salvation not only to the “preserved ones of Israel” but also to the Gentiles. When will this prophesied Servant of God become His salvation for man? Unto the time 'ends of the earth'. The one prophesied here is none other than The Lord Yeshua-Christos. To clarify ‘ends of the earth’, it is the time when The Christ is God’s salvation, thus, the time or era of Christ. Why would He do this to the world and how? Here is the reason why and how:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"
What is the reason for God’s grace? Because He loves the world which is why He gave His only begotten Son. Is salvation based on God’s grace alone? Yes, indeed! But how will God’s grace be given to man? Apostle John testified, and thus:
"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
In our time, God’s grace, as well as His truth came only through The Lord Yeshua-Christos. However, for God's grace of salvation to take effect in man, he must first believe and receive Christ and His words as recorded in John:
"“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
There is truly a need to believe in The Christ, otherwise he is condemned already. This is how God's grace takes effect upon man. But to simply say that one believes in The Christ Yeshua is merely claiming. Who are the people who truly believe in Him? The Savior has this to say:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
The people who TRULY believe in The Christ Yeshua are those who hear His word, and abide in them as recorded in John 8 verse 31. They MUST also believe in the true God who sent Him (as also recorded in Jn. 17 verse 3). They are the ones whom He guarantees to receive eternal life and salvation.
This is where many Christian groups fail to understand. Instead of putting the emphasis on The Christ and His words, some put the emphasis on church membership in order for one to be saved. Many churches also put much emphasis on obedience to the commandments of old, in such that they judge and expel those whom they consider to be living an unrighteous life. These are the churches who still adhere to the commandments of old and on the judgmental teachings of Paul as basis of faith, rather than that of Christ's alone (I Cor. 5:11-13 vs Mat. 7:1; Jn 8:15). The culture of hypocrisy and double standards thus thrive in this type of (legalistic) environment for everyone does his or her best to show only their righteous personality. However, let it be known how much The Lord Yeshua despised the hypocrites and self-righteous (Mat. 5:20; 23:27-28). Remember also how Christ clarified that the Law and the Prophets were until John the Baptist (Lk. 16:16), but that He fulfilled them first (Mat 5:18), and then renewed them into a new set of commandments which serves as the basis of all His teachings, as He stated in the Gospel according to Matthew:
"Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
The Lord Yeshua fulfilled all the commandments of old so that His believers won't have to - they only have to obey His new standard or commandments based on His precept of love, to God first and foremost, to ourselves and to fellowmen. Notice The Lord’s statement “on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”. This is referred to by Apostle James in James 1:25 and 2:12 as the 'perfect law of liberty', and that all of our conduct should now be based on these precepts. And anyone who says He has faith but does not have works, the works mentioned by Apostle James are those based on this new Christian standard anchored on love, then his faith is dead (Js. 2:8, 14-22).
THE CHRIST MADE HIS SALVATION EASY FOR ALL
The very reason that The Christ was made God’s salvation (in Isa. 49:6) and sent to the world is because of God’s love to the world (in Jn. 3:16). Understanding this desire of God, The Savior made it His mission to save as many people as He could. For this reason, He removed barriers that could restrict one from receiving God’s grace of salvation. Whereas before, salvation is only offered to the Israelites, The Lord Jesus opened it up for everyone (in John 10:9) regardless of race and personal outlook. He offered His salvation even to the sinners for He said that He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (in Mark 2:17)” - these are the people who are condemned by the laws and commandments of Moses and the prophets. In fact, He made His salvation so attainable in such that those whom He saves “reap that for which you have not labored” (Jn. 4:38), “for in this the saying is true: ‘one sows and another reaps’” (Jn. 4:37).
The Lord further explains how He made salvation easy and attainable by anyone, and this is what He states:
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life
"Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”"
Truly, anyone who TRULY BELIEVES IN THE CHRIST YESHUA will have salvation and a CHANCE FOR ETERNAL LIFE! And to make it even easier, anyone who BELIEVES IN CHRIST IS ALREADY WORKING THE WORK OF GOD! Would anyone like to question The Christ on this?
This precept of The Lord further shows how He broke walls and barriers so that all can have salvation if they are willing to believe. Whence before the time of Christ, most of human’s weaknesses and preferences, like those of the LGBT community, were considered shut and no hope for salvation, now ANYONE has the same chance to be saved.
Some groups may argue that to follow The Christ you have to commit yourself to conform to established moral standards. But by which standard? It is not with the old standard but with the new standard established by Christ based on love. This standard of The Savior reflects His desire to save all, as long as they believe in Him. This is how He made His yoke easy and His burden light (as recorded in Mat. 11:28-39). And, as long as your deeds and actions are based on this standard of love, then all one has to do is come to Christ as it is recorded:
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out."
Anyone can come to The Christ at any time and He will receive him. He does not need help from any preacher or church to get to Him. And anyone who will read the word of Christ written in the gospel books with a pure intent will come to understand and know Him for His words are spirit and life (Jn. 6:63). It will be the POWERFUL WORDS OF CHRIST WHO WILL TEACH HIM and not the eloquence of any other preacher.
Herein lies the great disservice of many churches to man. Instead of continuing the message of The Christ of love, peace and freedom, they have instead reinstated many of the limiting teachings and enslaved the believers with them. In fact, all these sacraments, church rites, rituals and exclusivity only mirror Judaism and not the free spirited mindset of The Christ (Jn. 8:32).
THE CHRIST WAS AND WILL NEVER BE JUDGMENTAL
God’s grace through His Son is very much magnified in great proportion because as He performs His work of saving people, He does not base His selection process on who is saved based on an individual’s own doings. Even before His deployment to the world, He was already prophesied to be non-judgmental, as stated by the prophet Isaiah:
"Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the Lord’s servant?
Seeing many things, but you do not observe;
Opening the ears, but he does not hear."
This is one of Isaiah’s prophesies about The Lord Yeshua. He was prophesied as a deaf and blind servant of God, in such that although He sees many things and His ears are open He does not observe nor hear. Which does He not observe or hear? The imperfections and frailties of men so that He will not be picky with man in choosing who to save.
His non-judgmental outlook was indeed radical during His earthly ministry. After all, the Messiah that the people were expecting was someone who would not only observe the laws and commandments of Moses strictly but would also demand from others the same; not someone who will fulfill all the laws in order to free others from being accountable to them.
The Lord Yeshua was very vocal in His principle of being non-judgmental. In fact, He commanded us not to judge otherwise we will be judged (Mat. 7:1-5). He has proven this many times, and one case in particular was the Samaritan woman who was living with a man who was not her husband. Although He knew about her marital status and that the man she was living with was not her husband, yet He did not even reprimand her (Jn. 4:5-18). This will not be the conversation in most of the churches in the world today.
Another instance was of the adulterous woman brought to Him by the scribes and Pharisees, to be stoned to death as a punishment for being caught in the act of adultery. The Lord Yeshua saved the woman from a sure death by telling the crowd “he who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first”. When no one condemned her, He told the woman that neither does He condemn her and to sin no more (Jn. 8:3-11). Does it mean that the woman did not sin anymore after her encounter with Christ? Most likely she still did for humans continuously fall into sin.
Although we do our best not to sin, would The Savior already judge us when we fall again into sin? He definitely would not! Let me end this article with a very powerful message from The Savior himself, and for all of us to reflect upon. Christ states in John 8 and the verse is 15:
"You judge according to the flesh; I JUDGE NO ONE."