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Jesus Saves

By Ldsapologetics
The name given to Jesus by The Lord through an angel translates into English as Joshua, as in the Joshua of the Old Testament but more than that what the name translates to from the Hebrew into English is "God saves."  This is why you see all the sings saying "Jesus Saves" because the rest of Christianity believes Jesus to be God incarnate.
This along with many other signs like Him being called the Prince of Peace from Isaiah or being descended from King David as also stated in Isaiah were markers of the messiah or prophetic signs to be fulfilled by the messiah. Not simply arbitrarily given as His birthright.
Jesus saved each of us, saved us all through the Atonement.  It's grace is on-going and helps us get back on track throughout our lives it is not a fixed point in time, it is a moment of timeless expression that is eternal.
So the Atonement aside, how else does Jesus save us? I think it is by living out His teachings in everyday life that we take part in His ministry, it is how we love one another, our neighbors and even our enemies, that is the true mark of a disciple according to Jesus.  It is by our love for one another that He and all others will know we are His disciples.
So what forms the bedrock of His teachings?  It is love that forms the bedrock of the Gospel, all the laws and all the prophets hang on the principle of love.
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:36-40
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35
Mosaic law covers many situations there are afterall 613 of them.  But no matter how extensive any set of laws is it can never cover everything.  If, However, you set your moral compass by a principle rather than any set of laws however righteous then you will know the righteous course of action in any possible situation.  And living by the principle of love isn't always easy but it is what's called for in all of our lives.  
For me, if any teaching helps us to understand good from evil it is this;
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:16-20
So if there are evil results from any teaching, it cannot by Christ's teaching here, be considered to be a good teaching.  Good teachings bring forth good fruits because good cannot produce evil. 
There is a new teaching in some Young Women's where 5 dollar bills are taped to young girls and they are told to imagine walking through "The Ghetto" dressed like that.  It would clearly invite nothing but trouble and then they are hit with this "That's what dressing immodestly is like, you invite nothing but trouble."
Teachings like the chewed gum or licked cupcake analogies and this new one all reinforce the idea that young girls and young women are responsible for the actions and reactions of men, that they are to blame for any sexual attacks because they were asking for it by the way they dress or they were asking for it by flirting or they were asking for it by allowing themselves to be around the wrong people. 
No means no and no one is responsible for any actions, reactions or words that are not their own.  And what of the fruit these teachings bear?  Young women not wanting to escape their kidnapper and rapist because they feel that they are a chewed piece of gum that no one will want as Elizabeth Smart once explained.

"I remember in school one time, I had a teacher who was talking about abstinence, and she said, ‘Imagine you’re a stick of gum. When you engage in sex, that’s like getting chewed. And if you do that lots of times, you’re going to become an old piece of gum, and who is going to want you after that?’ Well, that’s terrible. No one should ever say that. But for me, I thought, ‘I’m that chewed-up piece of gum.’ Nobody re-chews a piece of gum. You throw it away. And that’s how easy it is to feel you no longer have worth. Your life no longer has value.”
I was given the licked cupcake analogy lesson at church as a young man where i was taught t look at women that had had sex as licked cupcakes that are no longer desirable.  I was being taught to define women by their sexuality, to treat them like sex objects.  These teachings are toxic to men and to women.
Jesus treated every woman He met as they should be treated, as a beloved daughter of God, not as a sex object.  He ministered to them when no one else seemed to care like the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well.  He knew she had been with other men, by law they were all her husbands because to consummate the relationship was to wed and so Jesus was correct in numbering her husbands.  That alone meant she would have been shunned in her town as she would be shunned and judged in church these days.
But this was not the case for Jesus, He saw a daughter of God when everyone else saw a floozy.  Not only was He nice to her even though she was a Samaritan and He was a Jew, enemies at the time, He ministered and preached to her.  He was looking out for her temporal and spiritual well being, thinking of her as a beloved sister of His.
Jesus sees what's on our hearts and judges not by appearances but by the contents of our hearts.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.  John 4:7-26
You are not just your actions but your intentions also, your words and the contents of your heart.  You are not the clothes you do or do  not wear, you're not the contents of your safety deposit box or your bank account, you are not merely a collection of your sins you are also a collection of your virtues.
You are not an object to be defiled or placed on a pedestal in a gilded cage, you are a child of God.
Jesus teaching us who we are, who we can become, how we can save ourselves and each other is how Jesus really saves.

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