Lost and Found
“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 neighbors, 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. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
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 head, 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…” – (Luke 15:4-10, 21-24).
The one word that best describes an unsaved sinner is – LOST. He is lost like a sheep who has gone astray going his own way. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who has given His life for the lost sheep. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” – (Is.53:6). This is the gospel of Christ – He is seeking to save those who are lost in their sins. As Christ told Zacchaeus – “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost” – (Luke ).
When the gospel of Christ is preached, which is the Word of God, light is given to them that are lost and the way back to God is shown. When a lost sinner repents of his sins and believes the gospel, he’s found – he’s no longer lost. But most people that hear the gospel reject it, preferring to remain lost with the rest of the flock. They remain lost with the many rather than to become one of God’s chosen few.
It is written in (2 Cor.4:3,4) “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light if the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” People are lost because they are spiritually blind. Christ is the only cure for blindness and when sinners reject the light of the gospel, they remain in darkness. He’s a blind man that is lost and can’t find his way. A lost man is blind to the truths of God. When the gospel breaks through a blinded mind and touches a hardened heart, a sinner is raised to newness of life and becomes a new creature in Christ. And God opens his eyes and put him on the straight and narrow way – he’s found – amen. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it “ – (Mt.7:13,14).
Those that are lost are on the wicked way, the evil way, the way of death and hell. The light of the gospel shines on their way of darkness and most reject the light. They don’t want the good way, the way of life and heaven. They don’t want to be found, they love their way of darkness. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God” – (Jn.3:19-21). When a lost man is found and save by God’s grace, then he can sing in truth the song of John Newton –
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.
The gospel of Christ is to the lost that they might be found.
In (Lk.15) the Lord Jesus teaches us the three most wonderful stories ever told. Customarily it is called three parables: the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the lost son. Actually, it’s three parts of one parable – it is three pictures in a single frame – three pictures that belong together. Men are lost like sheep and the way something valuable is lost. After each of the parables Jesus says – “I have found my sheep, the piece of silver, and my son. Rejoice with me. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Yes, the reason Jesus came down to earth from glory is to seek and save that which is lost.
These parables show the love and compassion of God who sent His dearly beloved Son to die on the cross and shed His precious blood of atonement for sin, so that the lost sinner might be saved and found. “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” – (I Jn.4:9,10).
All of us lost sinners who are saved by the Lord Jesus are found by God’s amazing grace. We have found grace in the eyes of the Lord Jesus like Noah did – “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” – (Gen.6:8). He got into God’s ark of salvation by God’s grace. All around Noah was death, but he found grace and life from the Lord. When Adam and Eve committed the first sin on earth, they hid themselves in the woods from the presence of the Lord, but God sought them out and found them and gave them a covering for their sinful nakedness. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the gardens in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him. Where art thou?” – (Gen.3:8,9). He was lost, that was where he was.
Here we see in the garden with our lost parents the record of God’s grace in seeking to find lost sinners. This was not the voice of the policeman, but the call of yearning love. In God’s infinite grace and mercy, God came down to earth to be the Seeker crying out – Where art thou? And God’s question to Adam still sounds in the ear to every sinner with the preaching of the gospel. It’s the call of Divine justice, which cannot overlook sin. It’s the call of Divine love and grace, which offers redemption from sin. It’s the call of Divine sorrow, which grieves over the lost sinner. It’s the call of the Lord Jesus Christ – “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”
It was not Adam who sought God, but God that
sought Adam. And this has been the order ever since – “There is none that seeketh after God” –
(Rom.3:11) it was God who sought out and called Abram while yet an idolater. It
was God who sought Jacob at
Like Adam and Eve, people hide themselves from God’s word of salvation. Why is it that the Bible is so much neglected? It is because it brings man nearer to God than any other book, and men are uneasy in the presence of God because they are sinners and wish to hide from Him. Why is it that the public ministry of the Word is so sparsely attended? People will offer many excuses, but the real reason is because these services bring God near to them and this makes them uncomfortable in their sins, so they seek to flee from Him. Many hide from God in church buildings where nobody is brought face to face with their sin and consequently nobody is saved. They can be religious but lost and therefore comfortable. Man refuses to own up to his sins and repent of them and so they die lost and damned.
Are you saved and born again of the Holy Spirit? Are you saved by the grace of God in His dear Son? If you’re not, then you’re a lost sinner fleeing from the Lord who is trying to find you and save you. Repent of your sins, own up to them, and by faith believe on Christ in your heart and you will receive forgiveness of sins. O do not spurn the Savior who is seeking you by the preaching of His Word and wants to save you. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost” – (Luke ). O do not go to hell, eternally lost in the blackness of darkness forever with all the rest of the lost souls. You can have eternal life in Christ.