But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“Behold! The virgin will be with child
and will give birth to a son,
and they will call Him Immanuel”
(which means, “God with us”).
Jesus came to the earth as “Immanuel”- God with us. He completely humbled Himself by becoming man (Philippians 2:7), born into a manger as an infant. The arrival of Immanuel had been long-awaited, as prophecied about in the book of Isaiah, written hundreds of years before the coming of the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14). During His 33 years on earth, Jesus filled many roles: a carpenter, a teacher, a son, and a friend. But most significantly, Jesus came as a Savior.
More than anything else, we need a perfect Savior: One who will provide us forgiveness for our sins. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection imply so much for us here on earth, as well as in heaven. If Jesus, Immanuel, came to the earth for the sake of salvation, what does that salvation imply?
Salvation from eternal punishment, and unto eternal life
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. (John 3:16)
According to the Bible, not one person who lives or who has lived is innocent before God (Romans 3:10). We are all guilty of sin and deserve eternal punishment. But God, being rich in love and mercy, gave us His only Son to deliver us from what we deserve, and give us eternal life in heaven.
Hell is a reality that Jesus spoke about frequently throughout the gospels. However, when we commit our lives to Jesus, we are given assurance that we will go to heaven- a wonderful place with no pain, sorrow, or death. God’s will is that not one person should perish in hell, as He sent Jesus so that all people might be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
I have peace knowing that if I died tonight, I would be with Jesus, and I also have peace knowing the same is true for my loved ones. Jesus, Immanuel, came to bear the punishment of sin upon Himself so that we might have eternal union with God: a reality that not one of us deserves, but that all of us may receive, by His grace.
Salvation for the sake of an abundant life
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Not only are we given eternal life with our heavenly Father, we are given the fruits of the Spirit, providing for a life on earth that is abundant. Romans 14:17 says that the Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We may face challenges, but Jesus, Immanuel, is with us, giving us what we need to walk in fullness of joy.
When Jesus was born, an angel appeared to sheperds in the same region, saying Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10) The abundant life with Jesus is one of walking in the joy of our salvation, and joy from the Holy Spirit.
An abundant life is also one marked by peace. The angel that appeared to the sheperds in Luke 2 was followed by a heavenly host, saying Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! (Luke 2:14) Our Savior came to give us peace with God, an inner, unshakeable peace, and peace with others.
Salvation from the effects of sin
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…(Titus 2:11-12)
Jesus came to save us from the deadly, destructive influence of sin. God with us trains us to reject sin, and instead live in purity and godliness. Salvation makes a way for healing, and for wholeness, allowing us to recover from the effects of our own sin, and the sin of others.
We have been saved, and we are being saved: as we walk with God, we will grow in greater wholeness and godliness. And we can be sure that our Savior will continue to work in us: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
Salvation for the sake of physical healing
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
When Jesus walked the earth, He healed all who were oppressed by physical and mental disease. He gives us not only an eternal life without disease, pain, and sorrow, He gives us physical healing for life here on earth. The word “saved”, sozo in the Greek, means to be saved, healed, and delivered. That means our bodies can be made whole physically. Salvation is not only for our souls; it is for our bodies.
If you are contending for healing, I encourage you to continue to press into God; He is a good Father! I have experienced miraculous physical healing myself, as when I was healed of TMJ, and I have seen many people healed miraculously by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God with us, every day of the year
Immanuel, the Savior of the world, came to give us both eternal life in heaven, and abundant life here on earth. He came to save us from sin, and to heal us physically. Psalm 51:12 says Restore to me the joy of your salvation. How great that joy will be, when we know just how great the salvation!
Here are some resources that go deeper on the topic of salvation and what Jesus has paid for on the cross, to help you come into the full knowledge of who you are, and who He is!
- Crazy Love is a New York Times bestseller written by Francis Chan on the overwhelming love of God, and how we as believers can live in response.
- We receive salvation fully by grace. There is More! by Randy Clark, teaches on God’s heart to give you more love, faith, joy, and breakthrough- all by His grace.
- Spiritual Warfare is a teaching series from HRock Church on how to step into full victory in the battle against sin and satan. God has given you everything you need!