by Ken Trivette

I Once Was Lost
Ken Trivette
Luke 13:3,5; 19:10
April 2, 2007

1. Some of the most terrible and frightening words in the Bible, as well as in any language, are the words "perishing" and "lost." There is nothing about the words that bring any cheer or comfort. These are words that are disturbing. They make us cringe when we think of them.
2. They are even more disturbing when we understand their spiritual significance. Jesus said twice in Luke 13 that if a person was not saved they would "perish." In the familiar conversion story of Zacchaeus, Jesus defined the purpose of His life when He stated that He had come to seek and save those that were "lost."
3. The word's "perish" and "lost" are the same words. They describe the condition and state of a person before they are saved. As we have been seeing over the past couple of weeks, we have a great salvation. To appreciate how great our salvation is, I want us to see what it means to be lost. When you fully understand what it means to be lost, then you will greater appreciate our "so great salvation."
4. Tomorrow, April 2, I will celebrate my spiritual birthday. It was 35 years ago tomorrow that God saved me. One of the reasons I rejoice in my salvation is that I can say with John Newton, "I once was lost, but now I'm found." Praise God I am no longer lost! I am no longer perishing! Why do I rejoice in the great fact that I am no longer lost? Let's think for a little while about being lost. I believe once you understand what it means to be lost you will rejoice that you also can say, "I once was lost."
5. First, think with me about:
1. As I said earlier, the words "perish" in Luke 13:3 and 5 are the same word translated "lost" in Luke 19:10. When the word was used in a physical sense it carried the idea of something being destroyed. For example, in Matthew 5:29 the word was used to speak of an eye being plucked out. In Matthew 7:25 the word is used to speak of drowning. In Matth ...

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