Word for the Day
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
Pastor Spencer - There are few worse feelings than that of being lost. We look around and find we don't know where we are or how to get to where we want to go, or even how to get back to where we started. Desperation often sets in, and we feel doomed, all alone, and forsaken. If this is true when on a journey, how much more so in life. We know we are not perfect. We know that we have made many mistakes, and many of those by our own willful foolishness. We know there is a God. We know that He demands perfection. And we know there is no way we can achieve such holiness. We can never do enough to please Him enough for Him to reward us with heaven. This is what it means to be spiritually and eternally lost. But it was just for such people that Jesus came. It is just exactly for such people that Jesus searches, finds, and rescues. Yes, He died for all, and all sins are paid for through Him. But it is only those who know they are lost, who are terrified by their plight, who put their hope in Christ, who are found by Him, and brought safely into His kingdom for time and eternity. And even this knowledge and terror is created by the Holy Spirit working in the Law and Gospel to convince us of our sin and comfort us with Christ's redemption. Thus, Jesus not only seeks, but He finds; He doesn't just attempt to save, He succeeds in saving. He is a one-man search and rescue team. Thank You, Lord!