God’s work of salvation is accomplished supremely through the cross and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Because of Jesus, I am saved. Through faith, I can share in all the saving benefits won by Jesus the Messiah through his obedience to God. Now that is some stunningly good news.
What does it mean to be a savior? It is one who delivers or rescues. The term “savior” is most frequently applied to God and Jesus the Messiah in the Bible. The understanding of Jesus as Savior is a key truth in appropriating the biblical message.
The basic understanding of the term “savior” as one who delivers, or rescues. It is illustrated in Deuteronomy 22:27, where the Law anticipated a situation when no deliverer was near in a time of need. The Hebrew word Mōshīa’, is also used for individuals, as both Othniel and Ehud are called “deliverers” and Nehemiah speaks of the judges collectively as deliverers sent by God.
The Master gave Israel a savior in reference to their deliverance from the Aramaeans. Some have identified this deliverer with King Jeroboam II of Judah, others with a foreign king, quite often Zakir of Hamath, but the text does not clearly indicate who this savior might have been. The point of the text is that God sent this deliverer for his people. The majority of references in the OT refer to God himself as Israel’s Savior and even when other individuals are so termed it is clearly stated that God sent them or raised them up.
The Greek word is sōtēr. It is translated “savior,” “deliverer” from the verb sōzō “to save,” “to rescue”. In the Septuagint sōtēr (“savior”) is used to render various forms of the Hebrew yāshā’ (“to save”).
Sōtēr occurs 24 times in the NT and is exclusively applied to God and Jesus the Messiah; to God 8 times and to the Messiah 16 times. Out of the 24 NT occurrences of sōtēr, 10 are in the Letters and 5 in 2 Peter.
Jesus is our Savior. Jesus has rescued us from a life of death and missing God’s goal. Jesus has redeemed us. Jesus has freed us from the enemies grip of our life. That is some stunning news. We can take it to the bank!
- Titus 1:4 — 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and the Messiah Jesus our Savior.
- Luke 2:11 — 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is the Messiah the Master.
- Titus 3:6 — 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus the Messiah our Savior,
- 2 Peter 1:1 — 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus the Messiah, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus the Messiah:
- 2 Peter 3:2 — 2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Master and Savior spoken by your apostles.
- 2 Peter 3:18 — 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Savior Jesus the Messiah. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
What is the Good News? Not that God had sent a soldier or a judge or a reformer, but that He had sent a Savior to meet man’s greatest need. It was a message of peace to a world that had known much war. Jesus has redeemed us and we are at peace with God.