I don’t know about you but I really enjoyed the enigmatic TV series lost. I’m not sure I understood it – it lost me at times! However, it was a good title, as ‘lost’ accurately describes the precarious situation the survivors of the air-crash find themselves in, trapped on a strange island.
Of course, in these days of Satellite-Navigation systems and Google Maps, its actually allot harder to get lost. If you do find yourself in that unfortunate situation all you have to do is resort to asking for help from a passer by: “please can you help me. I’m lost”.
Losing something or someone
Rather than being lost though, it’s losing something important: say a wallet or phone; that is more of our modern day experience. Maybe though, in these days of computers, it could be accidentally deleting an important file or the hard-disk crashing losing all your work. You just pray that you backed up the file so that it can be recovered later!
All these kind of losses pail into insignificance though when compared to the personal loss of losing a loved one!
Indeed, the Gospels covers all these range of human experiences of ‘lostness’: We have the loss and recovery of sheep, coins, eyesight, health and even the restored to life!
What the Bible means by this word though covers a broader scope than this: the greek word translated lost in the New Testament: apollymi (G622), means not only lost but destroyed, spoiled, perished, ruined or simply broken.
The human condition – lost
In fact, the Bible describes our fallen sinful human condition as being lost. Indeed, there are only two camps: you are either lost or you are saved!
1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that (lost) perish G622 foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
The good news is: that Jesus came to save the lost! He came to rescue persons that are perishing and broken.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should G622 not perish, G622 but have everlasting life.
Moreover, God absolutely no desire to see any one of us perish or be lost but come to come to repentance or a change of mind.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
This last verse is interesting as the parable that Jesus tells us in Luke 15 is remarkably about those two concepts. That’s the topic of my next post though!
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