One day as I was casually browsing through Instagram, I saw a photo from Salvation Mountain. Having never heard of it before, I immediately started googling and came to find out it’s conveniently located only a few hours from my home in San Diego, California. Once I realized this, I checked my calendar for an open weekend and (dragging along my bestie) decided to road trip out into the California desert to see this most unique landmark.
About a 2.5-hour drive from San Diego, Salvation Mountain is located in the desert, south of Palm Springs and East of the Salton Sea. Google Maps
It was created as one man’s tribute to God in thanks and gratitude for Jesus’ incomprehensible gift to the world… our salvation.
But what is salvation? It can sometimes feel like a church-y word that’s thrown around a lot during sermons.
Salvation: preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. Then you might ask, why do we need deliverance from harm? We need deliverance because we live in a fallen world where there is sin that separates us from God. In order for our sins to be forgiven, blood has to be shed (I know, it sounds gross). Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness”.
When Jesus died on the cross, He was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Once, and for all time. It was by His death – his blood that was shed – that our sins are forgiven. By His death, we are washed clean from our sins and made holy. And not only this, but through His son Jesus Christ, God has given us eternal life!
1 Peter 1:9 says that the reward for believing and trusting this truth is the salvation of our souls. All of this was done because God is a merciful and all loving God, who doesn’t want to see any of His children perish.
And that is exactly what this roadside attraction represents; the simple (yet powerful) message of God’s love for us.
Over to you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!