Today’s Scrip-Bit 11 May 2021 Luke 19:10.

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

Oh friends, welcome to another beautiful day in the life! Give thanks and praise that we opened two of our most valuable presents this morning; our eyes! And if you don’t believe you should give thanks for what seems a simple action, but what’s truly an overwhelming and most pleasurable gift, then just check the obits and see how many of us didn’t open our eyes this beautiful morning. 

And furthermore, if you can see the beautiful world around you, see your beautiful spouse, your children, family and friends, then you should be even more thankful, because many of us who opened our eyes, couldn’t see any of the beauty around us! And there are plenty of other things and actions which seem so normal to us that we should be extremely grateful for because many others don’t have those things or can’t do those actions. 

So my people, every day we awaken, and can see, walk, talk, laugh and LOVE, with a roof over our heads and bread on our tables, thanksgiving and praise ought to rise loudly from our mouths, hearts and souls! And then, we ought to think about those who can’t do what we can do, or don’t have what we have, and consider how we can help them in their daily journey that’s not as easy and blessed as ours. Yes, as sincere followers of Jesus, some portion of our time, of our day should be set aside for helping others, in whatever way we can. 

Remember how Jesus described His purpose on earth? In Luke, when He surprises everyone, and eats with Zaccheus, the tax collector, who is so touched by Jesus’ attention, that he repents and promises to restore fourfold whatever he has wrongfully gained. Jesus then tells him: ‘This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ (Luke 19:9-10) 

And the scholars offer this explanation: ‘19:10. The words seek, save, and lost all appear elsewhere in Scripture in a shepherd context. This verse may be taken as a kernel statement of the central theme of Luke. Jesus is the compassionate, searching Herdsman who seeks to save those who can by no means save themselves.’ Consequently, my fellow believers in Christ, we ought to help those who can’t help themselves, because that’s what He desires and expects of us. 

Meanwhile, Mark tells us about a time when Jesus was eating in His house with the disciples and plenty sinners, or those so lowly that the supposedly pious, but hypocritical Jews of the time would have avoided. ‘And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans (tax collectors) and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans (tax collectors) 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.’ (Mark 2:16-17) 

Yes friends, that’s what Jesus was about; helping the sick and lonely, the poor and downtrodden, those in need of help in whatever area(s) of their earthly existence! He came to heal, LOVE and forgive! And being His followers, we need to not only have the same attitude but also put it to work, action it, like He did. For it is only when we action our faith that we truly show the LOVE of Christ. 

And on the website, I found this interesting Pulpit Commentary on verse 17 above. ‘As the physician is not infected by the disease of the patient, but rather overcomes it and drives it from him, so it is no disgrace but rather an honor to the physician to associate himself with the sick, and so much the more, the greater the sickness. So that it is as though Christ said, “I who am sent from heaven by the Father, that I might be the Physician of the souls of sinners, am not defiled by their sins and spiritual diseases when I converse with them; but rather I cure and heal them, which is alike for my glory and for their good, and so much the more, the greater their sins. 

For I am the physician of sinners, not their companion. But you, scribes and Pharisees, are not the physicians but the companions of sinners, and so you are contaminated. Nevertheless, you desire to be thought righteous and holy; and therefore I do not associate with you, (1) because the whole, such as you think yourselves to be, need not the spiritual Physician; and (2) because your insincerity and hypocrisy are an offense to me.” 

Now that sounds just like a scathing remark that Jesus would make to the hypocritical, self-righteous, upper crust Jews. But my brethren, as disciples of Christ, we must do our best not to have those terms associated with us. That means we need to do what we say, practice what we preach, because if we make all kinds of promises and speeches in Jesus’ name, and then don’t fulfill them, we’re only giving the enemy more ammunition with which to embarrass and pull down, or destroy the organization that Jesus is trying to build; His church. 

That brings us to this anecdote of Jesus in Matthew, where He’s telling His disciples about the greatest in heaven being those humble like a little child and goes on to tie them in with a story on the lost sheep. ‘For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones perish.’ (Matt. 18:11-14)

And believe me friends, it’s not only the little ones that our heavenly Father doesn’t want to see perish, but also the big ones. (smile) So let’s take some time today and ponder on all that we’ve read and said nuh, and, with God’s help, come up higher, like we so desperately need to do. Now let’s go home proclaiming (smile) our Tuesday Mantra. 

As one strong and sincere voice: ‘In God’s eyes, I’m not what I do. I’m not what I have. I’m not what people say about me. I am the beloved of God, that’s who I am. No one can take that from me. I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to hurry. I can trust my friend Jesus and share His LOVE with the world. Amen!’ 

And the obvious consequence to all of that? Why, going out and sharing the marvellous LOVE and friendship of Christ with unfortunate others! Much LOVE!

…our world’s crying out for…help, healing, friendship and…LOVE…please respond positively…                                     

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