“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…
It was and is His work of salvation.
Son of man is come…
“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME:” Heb. 10:5
“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minster, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.
…to save that which was lost…
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying…
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt sure die…
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that is was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her;
and he did eat.” Gen. 2: 16,17; 3: 6
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” Rom. 5:12
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death,
that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb. 2:14-15.
What was lost? Simply, our eternal life with God died the day Adam took the fruit. Sin placed all mankind under eternal death, existence apart from God. Jesus came to save us from that plight.
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Rom. 5:17.
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Rom. 5:9-10
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said…” Matt. 28: 5-6
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Jesus delivered us from the judgment of eternal death by his own sinless life and death. His death delivered the payment for our sin. His resurrection as David Guzik, put it, “is our receipt.” His death and resurrection saved us from eternal death and delivered us to eternal life with Him.
Yes, Jesus came to seek and to save the Lost. He is the only One by whom we receive eternal life with Him. If we can’t save others, and we can’t, what are we to do?
“But ye are a chosen generation…
Proclaim His praises for the Gospel given:
…a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1Peter 2:9
“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ:
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God who created all things by Jesus Christ:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” Eph. 3:7-10.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Eph. 4:1
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” ICor. 1:18.
“Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him:” Acts 28: 31.
Preach the gospel in word and deed. You’re not a preacher? No worries. Christ in you is and He will do the talking for you and empower you to do the word. Yours is simply to offer yourself to Him.
“But ye are a royal priesthood…
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, and holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Pet. 2:5.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel;
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought.” Eph. 6: 18-20.
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Withal praying also for us,
that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:” Col 4:2-3.
“Finally, brethren, pray for us,
that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you;” 2Thess. 3:1.
What can we do for the lost?
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Tim. 4:2
Pray for the lost by praying for those proclaiming the gospel.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1Thess. 5:17.
Persevere in proclaiming and praying.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint:” Luke 18:1
All this was stated simply by fellow blogger, Becoming His Tapestry.
“We cannot save anyone, but it is definitely our responsibility to live life that draw people to the Lord and we have also been tasked with the job of telling others of our great Savior.”
That’s the long and short of it. The next question, which I can only answer for myself, is, “What are we going to do with what we have heard?”