“Save us,” from the time of trial (or temptation) and from evil. We confess, as Christian people, that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and, indeed, the Saviour of the whole world.
If given but-a-minute-or-so to explain to someone who knows nothing about Jesus who he is, the easiest thing to say is that he is the “Saviour of the world.” But if that person asks, “saves us from what?” Our task has become a whole lot more difficult.
So, here’s my but-a-minute-or-so answer to that second question, “saves us from what?”
Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our arrogance; from thinking that we can do it on our own; or that we don’t need God. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our laziness; from thinking that we don’t need to be concerned for anyone but ourselves or that what we need should just be handed to us. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our maddening consumption; from the idea that fast cars, fast food, fast lives satisfy us at all. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our desire; from the thought that glossy, superficial qualities are all that we need. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our greed; from being tightfisted or miserly and thinking that these are qualities to be honored. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our melancholy and depression; as if there are no other possibilities for us, as if there is no joy. Jesus saves us from ourselves; from our wrath and anger; from thinking that - in life - there is only darkness.
It is good news indeed that Jesus is the Saviour of the world, the one who brings freedom from sin and freedom to worship God with abandon, as if no one is watching. The joy is so awesome that laughter turns to tears and back again. In the face of all that God does for us is sheer joy and a prayer that simply says, “thank you, thank you, thank you! Amen! Alleluia!”