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A Remarkable Salvation

A Remarkable Salvation

Apr 03, 2016

Passage: Luke 1:67-79

Preacher: Jared Longshore

Category: Sunday Morning

Keywords: benefits, good works, grace, idolatry, salvation


Pastor Jared Longshore teaches from Luke 1:67-79 in a message entitled “A Remarkable Salvation.” Human beings were created to worship God. Since the Fall of Adam and Eve if we do not worship God we will find something else to worship. In fact, John Calvin noted humans are idols factories, that is they will create or find idols to worship in the place of God. God, however, has provided a remarkable salvation, a salvation so great that the gears of our idol-making factories should grind to a halt enabling us to return to worshipping the true God.

In the passage today, Luke uses Zechariah to point to this remarkable salvation. Zechariah’s blessing makes it clear that salvation comes from the Lord (v 68). God, not people, is the actor as He visits His people with salvation. The best Israel could do was wait, from the closing of the Old Testament revelation until the coming of the Messiah. But God, more than just visiting, according to Zechariah, redeems his people. It is a strong (horn) salvation God provided, a salvation needed by the miserable human condition after the Fall. God fulfilled His promises, spoken by the prophets of old, as he rescued His people from their sinful estate.

This salvation is remarkable also in that it is for our good. God’s people are rescued from their enemies (v. 71) led by the god of this world, Satan. We willingly followed him (Ephesians 2:1-2) as he led us astray. But Christ disarmed them (Colossians 2:15). The result of this remarkable salvation is rescue from the enemy and forgiveness of sins (v. 77). As a result of this rescue and forgiveness God’s people receive joy. Salvation changes one’s outlook, one’s eternal expectations, and one’s thinking on challenges and trials. Knowing a loving God is continually and constantly with us provides a focus which inevitably leads to joy. Since we have Christ, who or what can really harm us? In addition to joy this salvation brings peace. Being personally guided by the Sovereign of the universe, who is good and who loves us, brings the peace that passes all understanding since nothing can harm, nothing can get past Him, but for our good.

Finally, this remarkable salvation results in changed lives. Now we can serve Him without fear (v. 74). Pastor Jared lists ways in which this service is done in holiness and righteousness (Titus 2:11, 2:14; Romans 6:4, 12:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). We can be changed by the God who rescues us. Our service should bring him glory and honor, especially give such a remarkable salvation.

Of course, this all presupposes we have recognized our need of a savior, have come to that Savior on His terms in repentance and faith knowing there is none other who can save. Receive that remarkable salvation today!