• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 1, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 19-20

Luke 19:10

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

What was lost? There could be many answers to this no doubt. But today consider two. It all happened way back in Genesis 3. Remember, that is where the story of the fall of man is recorded. God formed man out of the dust of the ground, breathed into him the breath of life, made a wife for him, told him to tend to the garden, and gave him only one command: do not eat of the tree in the midst of the garden. Yet, yielding to temptation of the evil one Eve ate of that tree, gave her husband fruit from that tree wherein he partook also. Because of this some things were lost. Let’s highlight two.

Fellowship with the Lord was lost. They hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. Evidently prior to this, they enjoyed sweet fellowship; Adam, Eve, and the Lord God. Yet after committing the sin of eating fruit from the forbidden tree, this fellowship was severed. Not by God, but rather by Adam and Eve. It was they who hid themselves from Him. It was God that reached out to them, desiring to reestablish their fellowship. Fear caused this; the Bible says so in Genesis 3:10. They were afraid to see the Lord in their sinful state. The same thing happens today. Sin brings forth fear and fear breaks fellowship with God. This is why confession and repentance are vital to a vibrant and close daily walk with the Lord.

Eternal life was also lost. For surely the wages of sin is death as we are told in Romans 6:23. Adam and Eve were created to be eternal. Yet sin caused them to die; first spiritually, and ultimately physically. The Lord made a way for their sin to be eliminated through the sacrifice of an innocent animal. After all, the Lord made them coats of skin. Evidently at this time the Lord God set up a system of sacrifice that from Genesis 3 until the end of the Bible is in effect. In Genesis 4 the story of Cain and Abel is given. They both brought a sacrifice to God. One, the blood sacrifice of an innocent animal was accepted by God; the other, a sacrifice of human effort was rejected. This, and countless other instances of sacrifice, proves that sin must be paid for through the sacrifice of an innocent life.

Jesus is the innocent life that was sacrificed for any and all who receive it by faith. He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, as told to us by John the Baptist in John 1:29. Think about this, in the Book of Revelation alone, the phrase “the Lamb” is used 24 times. Each time the word Lamb is capitalized indicating a proper name of a person. That person is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. Isaiah spoke about him in Isaiah 53, Abraham spoke about him when he told his son Isaac that God would provide himself a lamb in Genesis 22:8. The sacrifice of every Passover lamb pointed to the ultimate Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus.

Yes, He came to seek and save that which was lost, fellowship and eternal life. Even unto today, from the portals of Heaven the Lord is still seeking and saving all who come to Him through faith. He seeks them to save them from broken fellowship, spiritual eternal death, and so much more.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today enjoying sweet fellowship and standing on the promise of everlasting life.

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