For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
We have just been given in the opening verses the account of Zacchaeus and the
Lord Jesus coming to his house, and Zacchaeus being saved. Right on the heels of that
the Lord Jesus says, for the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
In what has to be one of the sweetest verses in all of the Bible, there is also one of
the saddest words in all of the Bible—the word, lost. What do you think about when
think about the word, lost? Maybe you think about being lost yourself. Have you ever
been lost? I remember one time when I was a little boy my mother had taken me to
Atlanta and I was in Rich’s Department Store and I decided to walk around for a little
while. All of a sudden I discovered I was lost. I didn’t know where I was and it was a
terrible, terrible feeling.
When I was a little bit older, when I was a Boy Scout, we were out in the woods
one day. We went further and further away and before we realized it we were lost. I
remember the tremendous sense of aloneness and fear that came over my heart.
What do you think about when you think about being lost yourself? Or maybe
you think about losing something that is important or valuable to you. Maybe you have
lost something that was valuable. Here’s a man standing in front of some buildings and
they are on fire. They are burning to the ground. The man says, “I have lost my
wealth.” We sympathize with him. Or, here is a mother and she is weeping and wringing
her hands and says, “My precious little girl is lost and we are sorrowful for her.” Or
someone is in the hospital and they are in the bed and they say, “I’m eaten up with
cancer. I have lost my health.” We feel sympathy for that individual.
Or maybe here’s a young lady and she’s weeping her heart out one night. She
says, “I have lost my purity.” And we feel the pai ...
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