God chose that we should receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us; so that, asleep or awake, we should still live with Him.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
“Salvation”, in the New Testament, means being protected from danger and able to live free from anxiety. Salvation comes to us “through our Lord Jesus Christ”. The name Jesus – “God saves” – conveys the mission which Christ attributed to Himself when He said: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Lk 19:10)
Jesus was made man, like us, In every respect. He went through the ups and downs of life like any other, and, having suffered and been tempted, He is able to help those who suffer, and those who are tempted.
Christ is the Saviour. He will give us forgiveness of sins – that was why He “died for us”. Jesus fulfilled the mission entrusted to Him, and died for us in obedience to the Father, to become the source of our eternal salvation.
“So that, asleep or awake, we should still live with Him.” The word “asleep” here means “dead”, and “awake” means “alive”. For us Christians, death is a step which enables us to live with Christ – forever.
We welcome You among us, O Lord,
knowing full well
that Your Divine Mission is to die for us
so we can, ultimately, be saved.
Thank You, O loving Jesus,
for all You have done and do for me.
Thank You for Your saving grace.
I believe in You, Lord,
and it is through getting to know You
and accepting You as my Lord and God,
that I am filled with this special joy
which only You can bring.
Thank You, Jesus – my Lord and my God –
thank You for giving me life!