(Read Luke 19:1-10)
How would you answer the question, what is the gospel? Jesus used the occasion of His confrontation with a tree-climbing public official named Zacchaeus to tell us a great truth. He gave us His mission statement: ” The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. ” That short, simple sentence is a profound declaration.
First, the Son of Man came! That proclamation should give us the shivers. God came. The gospel is first and foremost the action of God’s story. While the people around Zacchaeus argued about Jesus eating with a sinner, they missed the point that God in the flesh, in the person of Jesus, was present.
We say it in the Nicene Creed: ” God from God, Light from Light… of one being with the Father… For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven.”
Second, it’s a good practice to notice verbs when reading the scripture. In this one sentence there are three: “came, ” ” seek” and “save.” Jesus is the subject. He came, He seeks and He saves. We are so hopelessly lost and alienated from God that it took this kind of action to make us right with Him.
Lastly, the gospel is for lost people. We are not just unhappy or troubled, nor do we simply have a poor self-image. Our condition is more desperate than we know: We are lost! Only God can find us. The gospel is from God and about God, and it is for those who realize they are lost. – Glady’s Hunt-
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for coming. Thank You for seeking us. Thank You for saving us from sin and from ourselves. Help us to make our life a song of praise to You.” Amen!! Amen!!
Follow God’s Word…
For inner satisfaction, Contentment, peace of mind, Read the Holy Bible And in it you will find A treasury of wisdom, Advice of every kind… There are answers to the problems You encounter everyday, There are words of love and words of praise To meditate and pray_ And every word you read will bring you Closer to God’s way! -Alice Joyce Davidson-
…Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read…Isaiah 34:16