Most of us refer to Jesus Christ as our savior because he died for our sins. The idea of someone else paying the price for our sins sounds so comforting and nice, but many do not understand what He really saved us from. So, what did Jesus save us from?
The Bible is clear that Jesus saved us from our sins. Mathew 1:21 records that a son (Jesus) will be born, and he will save the world from our sins. Furthermore, the Bible also indicates that Jesus became the sacrificial lamb to save us from God’s wrath. According to the scripture, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, which automatically welcomes God’s wrath in our lives. However, through Christ, we now face no condemnation before God as he saved us from our sinful ways.
So, where in the Bible does it say that Jesus saved us? What does it mean that Jesus saved us? Does Jesus dying on the cross save me from my sins? How does the death of Jesus save us from sins? Did Jesus save us from the original sin? Why did Jesus save us? Continue reading to get more information and answers to these questions and more.
Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus saved us?
First, when the angel appeared before Joseph to inform him that Mary had conceived a son with the Holy Spirit, the angel noted that Jesus would save people from their sins. Mathew 1:21, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save people from their sins.”
Furthermore, the book of Hebrews also notes that we have been saved through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the Law of Moses required those who have sinned before God to offer sacrifices to be sanctified. However, those sacrifices were temporary and could not sustain the whole of humanity. So, a pure and perfect lamb had to be sacrificed to save humanity once and for all. Hebrews 10:10 reads, “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.”
What does it mean that Jesus saved us?
The slogan “Jesus saved us” is quite popular, yet a few really understand what it means to be saved by Jesus. So, what does it really mean that Jesus saved us? The Bible clearly states that the first couple sinned, so they made the whole of humankind sinful in nature. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed to pay the price for the sins one committed, but this was temporary.
So, God figured out a plan to save humanity once and for all, and that is where Jesus came in. Jesus is pure in nature and had no sin at all; hence, he was the perfect sacrifice to save us from the death penalty and the sinful nature we carried with us. 1st Peter 1:19 reads, “But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
Does Jesus dying on the cross save me from my sins?
Yes, Jesus paid the price for your sins by dying on the cross. Through his teachings, Jesus kept on emphasizing that the son of man had to suffer. Theologians note that this was the ultimate plan of God to save us from our sins by his son dying. Jesus willingly gave himself up to suffer so that we do not have to (if we confess our sins and repent).
Jesus became the last sacrificial lamb to die for our sins. Without him dying on the cross, we could not have the gift of eternal life. Jesus Christ himself noted while teaching his disciples that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and we must pass through him to go to the father. Therefore, his death on the cross saved us from our sins.
How does the death of Jesus save us from sins?
The Bible tells us that we were saved from our sins through his blood. Ephesians 1:7 reads, “in him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.’ So, by dying on the cross and shedding his blood, Jesus sacrificed our sinful nature and offered his righteousness to us as he paid the punishment that we were supposed to pay.
Therefore, through his death and faith in him, we trade our sins and the death penalty that was put over us due to the first man sinning for eternal life and righteousness. Theologians term the death of Christ and our salvation as “substitutionary atonement.” Jesus Christ suffered the death penalty for our sins by dying on the cross so that we may be made righteous.
Colossians 1:22 says, “He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.” Therefore, Jesus had to be sacrificed for us to be saved, hence why his death was necessary.
Did Jesus save us from the original sin?
Jesus died not only to save us from our future sins through confession but also from the original sin. When God created the first mankind, as recorded in the book of Genesis 2, they were perfect and were put in the Garden of Eden to work and keep it. However, the two succumbed to Satan’s temptations and disobeyed God’s will by eating the forbidden fruit. Through this sin, man is subjected to both eternal and physical death as we inherited a sinful nature from the first man.
However, through Jesus Christ, we are assured of eternal life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave us his begotten son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Why did Jesus save us?
Jesus saved us to write off our sins and reconnect us with God. As human beings, our nature is sinful because of the curse we received through Adam in the Garden of Eden. Romans 7:18-20 says, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing. Now, if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is a sin living in me that does it.”
Therefore, we need someone who can wash us clean of our sinful nature. Someone who will mediate on our behalf and plead our cases before God so that we may reconnect and have a relationship with God. That is the main reason why Jesus saved us, that we may get salvation and, one day, be reunited with him in heaven.