What Does Savior Mean?
“Savior” means a special person who rescues in a big way. Jesus will rescue believers from going anywhere other than Heaven after the body dies. Jesus will also be glad to rescue and help us in many other big ways during our present lifetimes. Jesus is not just the Savior of the world. He wants you to make Him your personal Savior. Accept Him as being just that, Your Personal Savior.
Salvation means the state of being saved. Once we “get” saved, we “are” saved, and we are in a state of salvation. Our English words for salvation and salvage have the same root word. Imagine you find an item in a trash heap that you know you can clean up and enjoy. Then, you offer to buy it so you can make it a prized possession. When you do so you have salvaged the item. When you experience salvation, it is like being saved from the trash heap, cleaned up, fixed up, made new, and placed in the hands of Jesus. You are made like new. When you start relationship with Jesus, you are in the process of being cleansed, fixed up, and full of purpose. He makes your life a beautiful thing. Some have said He is making each of us His masterpiece.
Some people think they don’t need to be rescued or salvaged. They don’t want anyone to try and help them. Those people are not as wise as people who recognize everyone sometimes needs others to come along and offer some assistance. The same is true of letting Jesus be your personal Savior. Let Him through His Holy Spirit come along and be your Helper.
It was in the lyrics of a praise song that the first mention
of the word "Savior" appeared in the Bible. In 2 Samuel 22 it
starts: "David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord
delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My
God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
The word "savior" was used many times after that for God's intervention in difficult situations. Before God came to earth embodied in Jesus Christ, He consistently showed Himself to be a savior. When Jesus died in our place, He fulfilled the ultimate meaning of the word. He saved us from a fate worse than death, delivered us from our evil enemies, and shields us under His wing from now to eternity.