Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Lost. That which was lost. Lost to God, and all His plans and purposes.
For He purposed life and fellowship for each one.
But man is lost to that.
And more he is even lost to himself. His mind, which could have thought God’s thoughts after Him; is now filled with swearing, adulteries, plans of how to get even, and lying (even to ourselves).
His heart, which could have loved God, and his fellow man with respect, and care; is now filled with wrath and violence. (Test yourself here: what do you feel when people cut you off, or speak rudely to you, etc.)
His will, which could have willed to do God’s will; now seeks only to go along in the world. (All going closer and closer to the pit.)
But Jesus Christ came to seek and to save us.
First He seeks us out in our own circumstances. He sends the Holy Spirit to Awaken us to Christ, and His way; then to give us truth.
This is usually quite a shock, to see where we are. Who we are. And where we are going. (No, I don’t mean Hell, here. I mean the downward spiral of our lives, into selfishness, and confusion)
Then, He draws us to Christ. The loveliness of the person of Christ, we begin to see.
The fact that He loved us, enough to come and save us, we begin to believe.
The Light that He will save US, we begin to have.
The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to hear the Word of Christ to us:
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily,(Verily means Truth. Jesus is saying: Truth, Truth.) I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your soul.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
John 7:37-38 “In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
And we reach out in faith, receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, to be born again.
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
As this happens, we are no longer lost to God, or to ourselves. We can begin to fulfill the purpose for which we were created: God’s Purpose for us, personally.
We are Found.
Ephesians 1:4-6 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he made us accepted in the beloved:”
1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.”