“So he told them this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’”
“‘I have seen his ways, but I will heal him…
Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will heal him.’”
Today I was given a glimpse of God drawing someone to Himself. Someone who, not long ago, appeared impossible to reach. But God has not given up.
He is fighting. Because He has decided this person is worth fighting for. Worth dying for. They are not too lost for Him to find. They are not too far gone to save.
Jesus is knocking at the door. He is reaching into the darkness, beckoning them to step out into His glorious light.
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). This is the love of God for us. This is the extent to which Jesus Christ went so that we could know Him and be saved.
If you have not yet believed in Christ, hear this truth: there are no lengths to which God will not go to save you. He is fighting for you. Fighting all the powers of darkness, so that you can know hope and joy and freedom in Him. So that He can deliver you from all fear as you rest in the steadfastness of His love and trust in His sovereign power.
Our God rejoices – all heaven rejoices – at each sinner who turns away from their sin and turns to Christ, who is our Life and Salvation. It is remarkable every time. It is a miracle every time. Evidence of the power of God to change a heart, and of His love and grace to do so. We simply must respond. Respond to His persistent knocking, His moments of grace as He reveals Himself to us. He will reach in and draw us out, into marvelous light and unspeakable joy.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him,
you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:8-9
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him…But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand,
and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’
And they began to celebrate.”