(I’m gonna try this new thing. For every sermon I go to, I’m going to briefly summarise them into an entry for the blog and they’ll be like little nuggets and pockets of sermons. Although, the musings here are filtered through my head and carries a lot of my thoughts and opinions.)
1) The Gospel Reverses Our Expectations About Salvation
When one thinks about salvation, we are drawn to ideas of being saved from our present predicament. Be it from anxiety in our work, pressure from our friends and family, unmet expectations in our academics or in our life’s goals.
We are people who are never fulfilled, and when we achieve happiness or taste pleasure, it is fleeting; a moment that exists in a moment. A simple moment in the past that we try to document as clearly as we can but can never fully recreate.
Indeed, in the same way, the Jews are very much like us. In a time of affliction and persecution of their freedom by foreign powers, Christ the Saviour was meant to be the person who saves us practically. Saving us from our immediate affliction.
I believe it’s hard for them and for us to live our life the way Christ does. Now Christ sees our life in totality and he knows of a greater predicament and of a greater affliction and that is separation from God. Surely we must learn to see in this perspective for us to fully understand salvation and our current pain and situations and perhaps our lives’ goal is to always constantly see our lives as always imperfect and always in greater pain when we are apart from God.
2) The Gospel Reverses Our Expectations About who Receives the Message of Salvation.
The Jews were also people who had distinctions on who is deserving of God’s blessing. There were evident judgement against one another in the same society.
Yet Christ came and he accepted all: especially the ones who were shunned in society. The point is: salvation is for all. And it must remain so.
I could talk a little bit more about our ideas of salvation, about my criticisms of street evangelism and the culture of churches but I will refrain.
All in all, this message seeks to emphasise that the gospel is actually a great reversal of our notions of salvation. Hence, our views of the gospel should be a continuous reevaluation of our commitment to God in that first promise and prayer for salvation.