“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2 ESV).

Oh, what a difference there is in thinking that the Lord is a means to salvation, or even just a way of salvation, versus knowing that the Lord is our salvation… Now, Jesus certainly is the way of salvation (John 14:6), but what Isaiah is saying here is that for the true people of God, the Lord is our everything: our salvation, our protector, our strength, our song, indeed our all in all. Jesus is not a means to an end, He is the end… He is everything to us.

Jesus is not merely the One who provides our salvation; He is our salvation. Sinful man is perfectly willing to say a prayer and go through the motions in order to get a “Get out of hell/inherit eternal life” card… But, they are indeed just going through the motions, because that whole notion of salvation and eternal life is false. As Jesus said to the Father in John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (ESV). True eternal life is intimate communion with the Triune God. It’s knowing Him and being known by Him; it’s loving Him and being loved by Him; it’s being given newness of life in Christ, where all you want to do with your life—this one and the one to come—is glorify Him and enjoy Him forever…

As Ephesians 5:2 says, “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (ESV). And as Titus 2:14 says, He, “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (ESV). We are His; we belong to Him. He gave Himself for us that we might be wholly His—zealous for Him in all of life. And when we get that: that He isn’t just a means to an end, but that He is the end… then our hearts begin to sing… He becomes our song, because we see how marvelous and how loving He is, and how much He has loved us. We see that He saved us from sin, self, and wrath, not merely to get us out of hell, but to get us to Himself. We see that He loves us and delights in us; and that so transforms us that we delight in Him. We see He is the whole point; indeed we see that He is our salvation…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick