Seeking the Lost

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). This particular passage expresses the divine mission of Jesus Christ. He did not come to have a family, join a local church for convenience, or to write books or songs. He did not come to make a living. He did not come for social welfare, to change governments, or to communicate human philosophy. He was a carpenter, but His occupation was subservient to winning the lost.

What happens to born-again Christians if they make an idol of something that was only intended to bless them? They settle down and settle in, without being established in the Master’s heartbeat. They often make quick decisions for the sake of convenience without consideration to the will of God. But Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. In John 1:43, Jesus went to Philip and said, “Follow Me.” In Luke 5:27, He went to Matthew, the one who received taxes on Capernaum’s ship, and said to the Levite, the publican and sinner, “Follow Me.” Is it any wonder that He went to blind Bartimeus, who accepted Him as his Savior and was healed, that the prostitute who found Him in Simon’s house was forgiven, or that the woman with the issue of blood was healed? Jesus was always seeking and saving the lost.

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