So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:9-11)
Salvation Has Come
Everyone likes good news. It is the kind of news that brings happiness and joy with refreshing tones of relief. When wars come to an end there is rejoicing in the streets because death no longer bears the news to homes across the country. Strife overcome ushers in peace. When disease is abated happiness fills the heart. Good news is good news.
Salvation. The joy of salvation is the knowledge of being delivered from a terrible fate. One is who lost in the wilderness is filled with fear but when salvation comes there is elation. Stories are told of those lost at sea living in despair and dread but the overwhelming feeling of salvation seeing a saving ship on the horizon. There was a time you and I had the dread of condemnation upon us but no more. Satan had hold of our lives and he held sway in the world. Darkness covered the hearts of all men from the gloom of the touch of the accuser. But then salvation came. The Light of the world shone forth from an empty tomb outside the city of Jerusalem. Good news happened that day. It was a day of newness, resurrection, hope and peace.
I am not condemned. I am saved. Death no longer has dominion over me. Fear has been replaced by hope. A promise has been made that cannot be broken. Life is filled with uncertainty but death is a joyful promise of eternal certainty. I have been redeemed. The blood of the Lamb washed away my sins and I stand in the presence of a God full of grace. Salvation. No more fear. No more heartache. No more uncertainty. I stand amazed at the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. Oh how marvelous. Oh how wonderful. Joy fills my heart.