Salvation means to be saved.
The question is what we are being saved from? From sin and death which are not the normal state of things and according to God they are not even real. Not that they can't be real and experienced, but in the realm of God where there is only life, sin and death have no substance, no power; they are just falsehood, aberrations. God wants to restore us to that initial state where there is only life and happiness through Him. So, something went wrong with our condition as a humanity and God wants to save us from it. It's a big thing to be saved because our way of existing right now and the way we are supposed to exist are very different. And to be saved means to be helped out of a situation, not to be disciplined or talked down to, or whatever else we could mistake God's love for. (provided that we do want to be saved, to co-operate).