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Wednesday Words for 2018

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01/03/18

He Came, He Sought, He Saved

01/10/18

Until - Part 1

01/17/18

Until - Part 2

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 The Wednesday Word, January 3, 2018: He Came, He Sought, He Saved

 

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10.

 

He Has Come

What a beautiful word is that word ‘Come.’  The Lord says;

“Come now let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

“Come unto me all you that are weary and heavy laden” (Matthew 11:28).

“Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for thee” (Matthew 25:34).

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

And; “….this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:11).

 

What a marvelous little word is the word ‘COME’.

 

He has Come to Seek

In the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 4:29, we are told “..seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

 

What a wonderful promise, but no one attains to it. Such a degree of passion for the Lord was and is unreachable. Seek with all your heart and soul ?? …that scuppered the most diligent of us. This is why we read in Romans 3:11 ‘there is none that seeks God.’

But because of our inability to seek with all our heart and soul, Emmanuel, God with us, came to this earth to seek us. In Christ, we are now perfect seekers.

 

Adam, our first Father was sought by God, but Adam ran away.  That’s where we learned our skills of avoiding God. Adam wasn’t looking for God, He was desperate to escape from his Creator and thus went into hiding. Sin had made both him and his descendants cowards.

 

Jesus came to this Earth to seek. He came and sought out the big uneducated fishermen on the shores of Galilee.

He sought the young, fit tax-collector,  Zacchaeus and by His Spirit, He is still seeking today!

But not only did He come to seek …

 

He Has Come to Save

The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).  Notice the precision of this verse.  Jesus (the Grace of God) has come to bring salvation. He didn’t come to attempt to bring salvation. He had and has a mission, a task, a goal.  He has come with a purpose.

 

He didn’t come to teach academic studies.

He didn’t come to settle political differences.

He didn’t come to tickle the ears of His listeners.

He came to seek and to save.

He came to make an atonement by the shedding of His blood. He came to save us from the penalty, pleasure and ultimately the presence of sin.

 

In Conclusion

Finally, who did He come to seek and to save? He came to seek and to save the ‘lost’. And here’s the truth of the matter: until a person is lost they cannot be found!

I love the following story. George Whitefield, one of the greatest Gospel ministers since the days of the apostles, had a brother who was far from God.

 

One day as the Countess of Huntingdon was witnessing to him over a cup of tea he said to her,

“I know what you have said is very proper, and I believe in the infinite mercy and goodness of God. But I do not believe it applies to me, for I am a lost man.”

The Countess put down her tea and said, “I am glad to hear it, Mr. Whitefield!”

 

“Madam,” he said, “I did not think you would rejoice and glory in a thing so terrible as that.”

 

“I am glad to hear you say you are lost Mr. Whitefield,” she said, “for it is written that Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

His eyes sparkled, and he said, “I thank God for that text, and for the extraordinary power with which it has now come into my heart.”

 

He died later that night.


And that’s the Gospel Truth!

The Wednesday Word, January 10, 2018: ‘Until’ Part 1


Lk 15:4; “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he finds it?

 

Perhaps you know the story of an ad that appeared in the "Lost and Found" section of a local paper.  It read, "Lost Dog: Crippled in front paw, blind in left eye, mange on back and neck, tail missing. Answers to the name 'Lucky.'

 

Funny!

 

Actually, Lucky was a blessed dog because, in spite of all that was wrong with him, somebody loved him and was searching for him.

 

In point of fact, we're a bit like old Lucky. God loves us, not for any quality about us or in us, but loves us because He loves us with the love of grace and the grace of love.


Wonder of wonders! God came to seek and to save that which was lost and He kept seeking UNTIL He found us.  He has found and rescued us.  He will never leave or lose us.

 

Let’s say it again, we were lost and Jesus found us. And what part did we play in this drama?  Did we help to find ourselves?  No indeed!  Our part was to stray and we did it with excellence.  My friend Keith Lamb says it like this, ‘The only thing God expected from us was sin and He was never disappointed.’

 

The just and holy Law of God had come rightly demanding that we love God with all.  According to this Law, we ought to have Him as our first priority.  But we went astray. None of us sought God with our whole hearts (Romans 3:11).

 

Nevertheless, all hope had not vanished, for Grace said, I will come and seek until I find!  “But Brother,” you say, “What about our free will?”  Listen to me, our wills are free only to wander farther and farther from the Love and Mercy of the Saviour.  We by nature are lost sinners. Many people generally admit to being sinners but precious few admit to being lost sinners and nothing else.

 

Nonetheless, our Shepherd seeks us ‘Until’ He finds. What determination and persistence…..Until!!!  None of the barricades we erected got in His way. Not the barricade of Self -righteousness, not that of indifference, neither the enmity towards our Saviour nor the hatred of men…none of these things deterred Him in His search, for He seeks UNTIL He finds.

 

‘I sought the Lord, and afterwards I knew

He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.

It was not I who found, O Saviour true,

No, I was found by Thee.’

 

Here’s a beautiful truth bathed in Gospel understanding. When we find Christ, we discover that we were the ones who were lost and it was He who did all the finding.

 

There is no other faith like this.  Gospel Christianity stands apart from all other ways of approaching God.  Religion demands that we make every effort to get to God…but the God who seeks the lost and seeks until He finds is a revolutionary idea birthed in Heaven.

 

Only the lost can be found by Jesus,

In much the same way, only the sick need a Doctor

And only the self-satisfied cannot receive grace.

Only the poor in Spirit can receive the riches of Grace.

And it’s only the naked who can be clothed.

 

It’s all of Grace!

 

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

The Wednesday Word, January 17, 2018: ‘Until’  (Part 2)


Do you remember those dreaded words your Mother would say when you were a child? “Wait until your Father gets home!” It was a long, anxious, uneasy wait, wasn’t it?

 

We, likewise, are waiting, waiting for Jesus to come back. But, for us, there is no dread or fear. Jesus is coming back … to unite His family with Himself … forever! We don’t know just WHEN He will return but we know that He WILL.

 

Concerning the return of Jesus, Acts 3:21 gives us another precious UNTIL. It reads, ‘Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.’

 

This ‘until’ will herald the consummation of Salvation to His people but at the same time will announce the destruction of Christ- rejecters.

 

The destruction of Christ-rejecters?

 

Yes! But don’t get mad at me, I didn’t write it! Speaking of this last day's ‘until’,  Acts 3:23 declares; ‘And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.’

 

Oh but the redeemed of the Lord have no need to fret and worry about this.   Those whom the Savior has rescued can never be lost again.  Concerning people who believe that we can be saved and lost, Spurgeon said, and I paraphrase,  ‘those who hold this view need to go up to heaven and set the angels straight on this matter. They need to tell them not to rejoice until the sinner dies and goes to heaven, because they may be rejoicing too soon. What if he repents but later falls away and is lost? The angels shouldn’t be so fast with their joy!’ (see Luke 15:10).

 

Salvation is the gift of God, and God’s gifts are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).

The redeemed of the Lord cannot be unpurchased.

The blood can never lose its authority.

Eternal life cannot be temporary if it’s eternal.

It’s not provisional life, it’s everlasting life.

 

Remember, we are not secure in our salvation because of our grip on the Saviour, but rather because of His grip on us. He loved us before time began. He came here Himself in the person of His Son to secure our redemption with His blood. He sought us until He found us. Do you think that He will now let us go back into our sins and be lost again?  Away with such nonsense! If a child of God ends in Hell, Jesus, the One who claimed to be the Truth, is made a liar because He has promised His sheep they will never perish (John 10:28).

 

May we learn patiently to wait for this next great ‘until’ that will bring the resurrection of our bodies and the consummation of His glorious salvation.

 

We have been justified, reconciled and set apart unto Him.  And now we wait, resting on the exceeding great and precious promises of His Word (2 Peter 1:4).

 

Until He comes, we are Worshippers. We show His death (1 Cor. 11:26).

Until He comes, we are Warriors.  We hold fast his truth, (Revelation 2:25).

Until He comes, we are Workers. We are occupied in His service (Luke 19:13).

 

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

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