For me, Lent has been and continues to be a time of reflection, of paying greater attention to God, of not neglecting His “so great salvation.” Of course, every generation of Christians has pondered the solemn warnings of Scripture, particularly from the writer of Hebrews as he said, “We must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it…how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” This ‘so great salvation’ was declared at first through the Lord Jesus and it was attested to us by those who heard Him.”
“Salvation” describes the result of Christ’s redemptive work. In Hebrews, for example, Jesus is described as the pioneer and source of salvation; thus He is alone is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.
At His first coming Jesus laid the foundation for the future saving activity of God by His atoning sacrifice. At His second coming, He will appear as the “Perfecter of salvation.”
The letter to the Hebrews begins with the solemn affirmation that God, after literally centuries of speaking to His people in a variety of ways and means, has now spoken to them in “Son,” the “word of the Father”. Even the “word” that came by angels on Sinai was “firm”or “binding” or “valid.” How much more is the final and full “word of salvation” found only in Jesus. This word of God is decisively grounded in the exaltation of Jesus to the right hand of God, as true King and faithful High Priest.
During this season, we “give attention” to Jesus, for all salvation is found in Him. All of the sin and injustices of human history come from a single source, which is man’s enslavement to the powers of darkness. But we proclaim and cry to Him, who has overcome all the demonic darkness. And we continue to pray “Rise up O Lord! Let your enemies be scattered.” When we pray and believe, God arises to judge in righteousness.
Pastor Jack Carter