Luke 19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Beloved, do you know that daily more than six thousand people die and go to hell?. In the same token more than one hundred and fifty thousand people die and throng to hell daily.
This daily situation brings unimaginable sorrow into the heart of God, your loving Father, seeing human beings, the crown of His creation, goes to damnation unrestrained.
Surprisingly, different from the thinking of the vast majority of people globally, God is always ready, to receive and save any sincere penitent sinner who returns to Him, wholeheartedly irrespective of the magnitude or gravity of their sins.
Jeremiah 31:9. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
It might interest you to know that God the Father would have done His best to seek and to save a sinner, before such people die and are damned eternally.
Ezekiel 34:16: I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
Beloved, see what He has been doing from time immemorial to save all sinners from damnation. Please make sure you in particular, take advantage of this kind gesture to ensure your precious soul is not damned. Your soul shall not be damned in Jesus name.
1. He pleads tirelessly with sinners to return back to Him and He will save them.
Jeremiah 7:25. Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Jeremiah 35:15. I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
Isaiah 1:18. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 44:22. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
2. He assures and reassures them of His earnest and passionate desire for to see them saved.
Ezekiel 33:11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
3. He promised them instantaneous and total pardon, if they return back to Him.
Micah 7:18-19. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
4. He made known the provision He had put in place to guarantee their total salvation and restoration, if they sincerely return to Him, with penitence .
John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Timothy 2:3-4. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
1 John 4:9-10. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
See what He did to the whole inhabitants of Nineveh, when they turned to Him from their wicked ways in penitence. I am persuaded you have done this yourself . But, if not, why not now.. This is because, tomorrow might be too late.
Jonah 3:3-10. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
It is not surprising that when our Lord began His earthly ministry, He just followed after the providence and kindness His Father had been showing to humanity, from time immemorial. See it.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost
Dearly beloved, I earnestly pray that the blessed Holy Spirit will give you full scriptural understanding of this mission statement of Christ on earth. See them.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost
Matthew 18:11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
The primary ministry or purpose for Christ, coming to this dirty and polluted world is to save humanity, the crown of creation of His Father, from their sins. Please always remember this and let Him save you in particular from all your sins.
Matthew 1:21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins
However, there is an unchanging proviso for this to happen to anyone and everyone in all ages. The person, irrespective of the magnitude or gravity of his or her sins, must come to Him, in sincere penitence. See it.
John 6:37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
The Bible shows us many, that came to Him like that, during His earthly ministry and secured instantaneous pardon. See some of them.
Luke 19:1-10. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
2. The prodigal son.
Luke 15:11-24. And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:32: 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.
3. The malefactor crucified with Jesus.
Luke 23:39-44. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
This might look strange but it is a sublime truth. That some people during the time of His earthly ministry or till the end of time, shall never receive pardon from Jesus. These were the self righteous people, who found no need for Jesus. The Pharisees, the priests of his days and our days. See them and check up without any presumption, that, you are not cut in the same web.
Matthew 9:10-13. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what thatmeaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 5:31 -32. And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
However, some people that others have taught to be wicked and condemned and that, they can never ever received pardon from God. Such people, if they are sincerely penitent as they come to Jesus for salvation and restoration.
They shall secure instantaneous pardon. Such people were Levi and Zacchaeus. They were publicans. This was because they were working for Roman government then as custom officers. See Levi and his conversion through Christ.
Mark 2:14-17. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Interestingly, like Levi, Zacchaeus was also a publican, in fact history tells us that Zacchaeus was the head of the customs in his unit. However, there were three things others did not know about him, but God knew them.
1. He was a broken and humble publican. He was the one Jesus referred to in this parable. See it.
Luke 18:9-14. And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
2. Although Zacchaeus was rich and had a high office, yet he was humble, He wanted Jesus and He had to climbed a tree to help Him see Jesus. What a humble rich and exalted man.
Luke 19:1-6. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
3, He was not and never was he, using his office to extort or defraud others.
Luke 19:7-8. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Dearly beloved, learn a lesson here. It is not your occupation or work that makes you a sinner before God, but what you are doing with the job. Zacchaeus was an enemy to the Jewish people, because he was working as a senior officer of customs, responsible to.the Roman government in the Bible days. Yet, Zacchaeus was a different person. Ask yourself, are you a different person on your job? Do you use your office to extort or inflict others? Learn from Zacchaeus. It does not matter the nature of your lawful duty, have the heart of Zacchaeus, that feared the Lord and you can still be saved. You can work as a police, customs other social assignment for the government of your nation and still not to be corrupt like Zacchaeus. May the Lord find you faithful in Jesus name.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, like His Father,,has not changed. He is ready and always seeking to receive and save every sincere penitent sinner.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost .
The question is, Has He saved you? Your answer should be affirmative yes. But if no, why not ,now. Please take advantage of this magnanimity of both the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ and be biblically saved.
Luke 15:4-7. 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. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 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.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS’S READINESS AT ALL TIMES TO RECEIVE AND SAVE SINCERE PENITENT SINNERS. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.
Friend, only the sincere believers, that have yielded in penitence to Jesus, as He continue through His ministers, today to seek and save the lost, shall be part of the dawning rapture.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost
How can this mission of the Lord help you in particular to be rapture ready?
1. Never justify your sins. Confess and forsake them, now. Don’t procrastinate.
Proverbs 28:13. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
2. You do nor have all the time. It is now, that is yours. So seek the Lord now and return to the Lord wholeheartedly with penitence and secure biblical salvation that shall be followed by restitutions.
Isaiah 55:6-7. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Acts 17:30-31. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
2 Corinthians 6:2. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3. Never despise the timely rebuke and corrections of God, geared to make you. Holy and qualify for this great looming event.
Hebrews 12:5-14. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Revelation 3:19. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Please heed His clarion call. Seek Him now and be rapture ready.