If you have ever lost anything it’s wonderful feeling when it’s restored back to you. I remember once I lost my wallet; I was in a panic and of course I prayed hard that someone would return it. Within the hour some kind soul arrived on my doorstep returning the wallet after reading the enclosed driving license. What a relief! What an answer to prayer!
What did God lose? He lost the entire human race because of our rebellion and sin! Imagine how he feels about that! The Bible pictures our condition in Isaiah 53:6:
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”.
The Gospel or very good news is the story of the incarnation, a journey and a rescue as God personally comes to find us in the person of his son Jesus Christ – the the good shepherd. Jesus describes his rescue mission himself in a parable: a shepherd leaving ninety-nine sheep behind safe in the fold just to look for and rescue the one sheep that is lost. (Luke15)
When a lost son of daughter returns how does God feel? He is over the moon; He’s in a party mood! Look at how Jesus tells it in the story of the prodigal son a few verses later in Luke 15.
“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
Therefore, all of us need an redeemer: someone who can buy us back from slavery of sin and free us from the mess we have got ourselves in! All of us need forgiveness and really this is what my next short Kindle book ‘Forgiven how do I know!’ is about: it’s about the cross where the totality of our debt of of sin was wiped out forever!
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