“The whole extent of hell, the present suffering, the bitter recollection of the past, the hopeless prospect of the future, will never be thoroughly known except by those who go there.”- J. C. Ryle
Because we have never visited hell we don’t know how great a death we have been saved from. But Paul said “Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us” ( 2 Corinthians 1:10) To deliver us from such great death, God provided a great, chain snapping, bondage breaking, and sin cleansing salvation. The Bible calls it a great salvation. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him” (Hebrews 2:3)
In this great salvation, Jesus has saved us, delivered us from death and hell but that’s not all. We are saved from the devil, from shame, hopelessness, and fear. Yes! We are saved from sins power, from the flesh, from bitterness and hatred but greater than the things He saved us from, are the things He saved us for.
He saved us for a new life – He saved us for peace and for purpose. He saved us for heaven for His family and for the kingdom of God. He saved us for divine power and for works of ministry but mostly He saved us for Himself. Jesus purchased us at a great price we are worth so much to God. He paid the same price for you as he paid for Billy Graham and the Queen. He died to save Englishman and Indians. He saved tinkers, tailors, soldiers, and sailors; rich men, poor men, beggar men, and thieves. It is a great salvation! When Jewish Peter was on a roof wondering if God could love gentiles like us, he saw a sheet came down from heaven holding unclean animals. It was not a handkerchief and it was not a size that could fit inside his lounge. No, it spread out over the earth. “He saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. (Act 10:11) Every unclean thing was inside this great sheet. God said, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” Act 10:11)
Friend, He has cleansed you. You are not common or unclean. God gave Peter a great picture to say that no person is too unclean nor is their sin so great, that God cannot save them by His great Grace.