“For the Son of man is come
to seek and to save that which was lost.”
How far will Jesus’ search take him to find and save the lost – those who are separated from the light of life and wander in sin’s darkness of death – ?
It first brought him from the Father in heaven to earth as the Son of man.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.”
His search is for all but is aimed at the one – the one who knows he is lost. Jesus told a story, a parable, to illustrate his and heaven’s concern for the lost.
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”
He even calls his neighbors in to celebrate with him and concludes the story with this truth –
“I say unto you,
that likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth,
more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance.”
Each one of us are born the lost sheep. He sought me in a church gathering. He has sought others through years of trials and sinful lifestyles. He sought one in the lost world of dementia.
“I’ve done too many bad things. There is no hope for me.” I would have sworn there were tears in my father-in-law’s eyes. But I had never seen him cry, not even at the death of two of his sons. He may have cried, but not publicly. And always there seemed to be a sadness and pain dwelling in him.
Years of praying for him passed. No change – not spiritually anyway. Subtly mental changes surfaced. We kept praying. As dementia stole his mind something else was happening. God opened his heart.
On the way home from church, our family decided to stop at my in-laws. We were surprised to see one of my husband’s sisters and her husband already there, seated in the living room with my father-in-law.
With a smile spread across her face, Tom’s sister reported, “Dad, has been saved.” Her husband filled in the details of praying with Tom’s dad. I have to admit, I doubted. I wanted to believe. But could Jesus’ love have pursued and found this man in the unknown world of dementia?
Claud turned to me where I sat across from him. The deep sadness seemed gone but…
I smiled and asked, “Did Jesus save you?”
One word. One word the Holy Spirit used to verify in my heart the work of Christ had been done in this one pursued for so long by the love of Christ. We all rejoiced with the angels in heaven.
How far will Christ go to seek the lost? He sought Zacchaeus in a tree, the thief on the cross, and the spirits in prison – those that were dead(see 1Peter 3:19; 4:6)
Jesus told another parable in Luke 18:1-18 about an unjust judge and a widow. He explained the meaning before he began.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
If you believe you have done too much for the love of Christ to pursue you, remember the thief, remember Saul who persecuted the early church, remember we have all –
“sinned and come come short of the glory of God.”
If you have a friend or loved one you have prayed for keep praying for we know God is –
“not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance …
And this is the confidence we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
2 Peter 3:9; I John 5:14-15
If you would like for me to include your friends or love ones in prayer for salvation, leave a comment. No need to leave a name unless you want to. Or if the Lord is seeking you, we can add you to the list too. Only one thing, when the Lord answers share the joy with us.
Remember the love of God sent his Son and delivered him to our death. He pursued each of us to the cross. He won’t stop pursuing the lost until the last breath is taken.