After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
-Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever. According to John’s vision, great multitudes of all tribes, tongues, people’s and nation’s wave palm branches proclaiming the salvation of the Lord as during the triumphant entry, which symbolizes our victory in Jesus our Saviour. Together with the angels; they glorify God with praise and exultation. We too are called to give glory and thanksgiving always to God for our names are written in heaven (Lk 10:20), and we have been marked on our foreheads by the blood of the Lamb, for we belong to Him, and we will live forever with Him.
Salvation in Hebrew is written as yasa which means to save, help in distress, rescue, deliver and set free. Salvation is a gift from God through Christ Who shed His blood for the redemption of the whole world. A gift granted to us us by the Father through the Son and He will raise us up on the last day (Jn 6:44). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (Jn 14:6). We who are of faith; have received salvation of the spirit as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, for our bodies are His temples (1 cor 6:19). The Lord then grants us salvation of our souls as the Holy Spirit guides us through the renewal of our minds and we receive a heart of flesh, obedient to His teachings. This is an unending process which brings us to the final process, the salvation of our bodies which will happen when Christ comes back for us His people. At the last trumpet; our mortal bodies will be transformed into immortal and corruption changed to incorruptible. The Holy Spirit therefore calls each one to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling holding fast Gods’ grace. Like the prodigal son who was lost but found, one is either saved or lost. When he came back to his senses, he repented and received God’s mercy, salvation and inheritance for His love is limitless. Through repentance also; we obtain God’s salvation as we come to His throne of grace where we find mercy. When we confess our sins and submit our lives to Jesus; the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, and there is much rejoicing among the angels in heaven (Lk 15:10). Like Zacchaeus, the Ethiopian Eunuch thirsted for Christ and he was filled through revelation of the word of God. He was baptized and the Holy Spirit led Philip to Azotus as the Eunuch went home rejoicing for he had seen the salvation of the Lord (Acts 8:26-40). Through baptism then, we affirm our belief in Jesus and give up our own righteousness for Christs’ righteousness which yields eternal grace. As partakers of His grace therefore, we are called to confess Jesus through living a life pleasing to Him, growing in love for God and others, forgiving others and tell many about Christ; so that they too may believe in Him and come to repentance. Since the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11), we are called to believe in Jesus and praise Him always with thanksgiving in our hearts for we are assured of His salvation now and on the last day, where we will live with Him forever.
Salvation belongs to You God our Lord and Saviour, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever. We give You all the praise and thanksgiving for You are worthy of all glory and honor; and Your love for us endures forever. Thank You for giving us the gift of salvation Jesus and to our entire generations, we glorify and praise Your name forever. We humbly ask You Father to have mercy on us, our families, friends, nations and the whole world; and write our names on the book of life according to Your will. Save us Jesus in all things and cleanse us entirely with Your precious blood. All glory and adoration belongs to You Lord; now and forever. Amen
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