So what do you think about salvation being all up to God? Isn’t that comforting in a way? It does sort of help you feel like there’s a lot less pressure on you, right?
But wait a minute! If it’s something that is based on what God did for you then maybe you can just coast through life, ignoring needy people? What if someone you love doesn’t have a winning Salvation Lottery ticket after all? Do they face an eternity of torment and punishment knowing that they couldn’t have done anything to prevent their fate?
Doesn’t that make God seem…cruel? Distant and more concerned that He can pour out His vengeance on at least some people? To show the others just how good He is? I’m not sure that this is the best view of Real Life Jesus.
I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11 (NRSV)
Shepherds don’t choose their lambs. They just have a lamb from the moment that it is born. The shepherd has a forever relationship with every one of them. Jesus is the Good Shepherd of all people throughout all the ages. This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.
This post is the companion to “It’s All Up To Me!” which looks at a different view of salvation.