By Sandra Wyatt
Welcome to Scripture Saturday! Today we continue our memorization of verses found in Luke with verses 19:10…
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
“Christianity is summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. If we were asked to describe in a sentence the heart of the gospel, there it is.” (Piper)
I chose this verse because, I was, before I was saved, one that was seeking. I was up in a tree looking for answers, meaning, purpose, comfort, peace. Praise God that Jesus saw me and said, “Sandra, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” I, like Zaccheus, hurried down and received Him joyfully! With grace He came to seek and save me!
John Piper goes on to say this…
“…we live in a planet full of seekers. We are, in one way or another, tree-climbers, maneuvering ourselves to gain some advantage, to achieve some perspective, to find personal peace. And then Jesus comes. We are lost in our own seeking until Jesus comes and says to us, “Hurry and come down” (Luke 19:5). Stop your searching. Stop trying to save yourself. I have come to seek and save the lost. Our exertion is then silenced. All our seeking — our trying to reach the divine on our own — is silenced when we learn that the divine has reached down to us . . . by becoming one of us. Here we are, spinning our wheels in hopes of getting God, and then God, despite our belittling works, comes to get us. That gulf we couldn’t bridge is the burden he takes upon himself. We were lost, sinners who rightly deserve God’s judgment. And Jesus came to take the judgment for us. He suffered in our place on the cross, was dead and buried, and then on the third day was raised to life. He ascended to the Father’s right hand from where he reigns over all. Jesus sought us, and he has saved us, if we trust him. Do you believe this? Do you feel the wonder of this salvation?”
“Christ is come to his (Zaccheus’)house, and where Christ comes He brings salvation with Him. He came into this lost world to seek and to save it. His design was to save, when there was no salvation in any other. He seeks those that sought Him not, and asked not for Him.” (Henry)
Have a precious and blessed day everyone!