What is the greatest asset of the Christian? It is Christian salvation, the divine product men most often ignore, the one most sorely needed.
Salvation is all of God. The product is perfect because of its material, because of its source, and its intention.
Let me show salvation to you, rather than just tell you about it. In so doing, perhaps we will find it harder to ignore salvation.
Christian salvation, look with me, is that divine product most likely to remove from us our fear of the future. This world may end and its end may be our doing but even the death of this world cannot be our undoing.
Yes, we ought to love this world. Our Father made it, how can we not love it? The Earth is not here for robbery or rapine, but for our loving stewardship, as our Father loves us.
Still, the world comes to an end, as do all things made of atoms. The world does not so much end, as we might say, as it does rearrange itself, into a variant atomic structure inhospitable to human life. We fear the hot earth, the shaking planet beneath our feet, the climbing seas raised over our coasts, the giant storms, the end of rain. We are right to fear it for we cannot exist in a planet trying, as Vonnegut said, to "rid us from its immune system."
What happens to us when we cannot live here anymore? Well, something good, very good, in fact. The clouds part above us as the tectonic plates shift below us. We hear a loud, brassy sound, unmistakeable in its clarity. There is a shout heard around the dying world, so deep and strong it rattles mountains, stirs oceans and pierces the grave.
About ten billion people live on this planet now, more than at any other time in its recorded history. In the eons before, there may have been as many as another five or so billion all told. We have recorded, somewhere, the names of less than a tenth of them. For centuries only the names of kings were kept, so only kings were said to live forever. Time has forgotten most of the kings and almost all their subjects.
God has not forgotten them. The Christ came into the world, sweeping aside the names of Kings, to write on the hearts of men His own name. Stay alive, die a sure death, the matter is the same. He will come for you, wherever they lay you, and He will find you.
He takes away our fear of the future with this perfect salvation. Salvation is His product, our greatest want. So, it is the happiest note of the angelic song to hear this: He comes.
Clouds part, the stale air freshens suddenly. Ears dulled by daily drudgery delight, first to the clean trumpet sound and then to the mighty shout. Angels take their flight but no one looks to the angels, for He comes. This is a dramatic scene, for it is the final scene, so salvation is drama, not tragedy, only, and comedy only in that it is the happiest of endings.
He comes. Him. The Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World. The One as Whom no other can be found. He comes. Some old preacher from the American Frontier called Him the Calvary Cavalry, who, at the darkest moment of all, comes from the sky with trumpet blaring, a-rush to the rescue.
Perfect salvation, the divine product we most dearly need, is the one we most perilously ignore. In perfect salvation, death is temporary and life is durable, as God meant in Eden. God provides the perfect frame work, the opportunity, the inspiration. Man responds and together the rest is done.
We do not "pay" for our salvation by rendering "payment in kind," for we are not His kind. This is always our greatest mistake. To work out our salvation with fear and trembling is to work on our salvation and ourselves in His light, certain where we work is His Kingdom. Man has naught to give of which God has need but all have to give of that which God wants. The divine product is perfect salvation, which takes away our fear of the future.
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