He came seeking for us

Text: 2 Samuel 9. The story of David and Mephibosheth; David was seeking for a way to show kindness to Jonathon's memory and a covenant that he and Jonathon had made with one another. 1 Samuel 20:11-23

 

Luke 19:10

[10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save[JK1]  that which was lost.

 

Jesus came seeking. He loves us so much that he wants to find us and save us from the horrors of sin and its penalty!

 

Romans 3:10-12

[10] As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

[11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God[JK2] .

[12] They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

He seeks for us! We love him because he first loved us!

 

Ephes. 4:32

[32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you[JK3] .

 

For the cause of the cross and his sacrifice, that it not be in vain he is faithful and just to forgive us.

 

Hebrews 13:20-21

[20] Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant[JK4] ,

[21] Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

His promises are faithful. God cannot lie. His covenant is forever.

 

Ephes. 2:4-7

[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love[JK5]  wherewith he loved us,

His love is great

[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [JK6] 

We don't deserve it. We cannot justify ourselves. We are saved because of the grace of Jesus Christ.

 

[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [JK7] 

In eternity we will show forth his glory. Down here we will be his witnesses of his kindness.

 

 

Titus 3:4-7

[4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

[5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us[JK8] , by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

[6] Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

[7] That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Wiersbe

 Since the unclean leper wasn't permitted to enter the camp, the priest had to go outside the camp to minister to him or her. "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). When He ministered here on earth, Jesus was called "a friend of publicans and sinners" (Luke 7:34); He compared Himself to a doctor helping his needy patients (Matt. 9:10-13). As God's Great Physician, Jesus makes "house calls" and comes to sinners right where they are. In the case of the Jewish leper, the priest went out to investigate and determine if indeed the victim was healed; but Jesus comes to us that He might heal us of the sickness of sin.

 

Charles Spurgeon

See how true it is that our royal Kinsman is not ashamed of us, for he dwells with manifest delight upon this two-fold relationship. We have the word "my" twice in our version; as if Christ dwelt with rapture on his possession of his Church. "His delights were with the sons of men," because those sons of men were his own chosen ones. He, the Shepherd, sought the sheep, because they were his sheep; he has gone about "to seek and to save that which was lost," because that which was lost was his long before it was lost to itself or lost to him. The church is the exclusive portion of her Lord; none else may claim a partnership, or pretend to share her love. Jesus, thy church delights to have it so! Let every believing soul drink solace out of these wells. Soul! Christ is near to thee in ties of relationship; Christ is dear to thee in bonds of marriage union, and thou art dear to him; behold he grasps both of thy hands with both his own, saying, "My sister, my spouse." Mark the two sacred holdfasts by which thy Lord gets such a double hold of thee that he neither can nor will ever let thee go. Be not, O beloved, slow to return the hallowed flame of his love.

 

Warren Wiersbe

When D.L. Moody was directing his Sunday School in Chicago, one boy walked several miles to attend; and somebody asked him, "Why don't you go to a Sunday School closer to home?"

His reply might have been used by the publicans and sinners in Jesus' day: "Because they love a feller over there."

It is significant that Jesus attracted sinners while the Pharisees repelled them. (What does this say about some of our churches today?) Lost sinners came to Jesus, not because He catered to them or compromised His message, but because He cared for them. He understood their needs and tried to help them, while the Pharisees criticized them and kept their distance (see Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisees had a knowledge of the Old Testament Law and a desire for personal purity, yet they had no love for lost souls.

Three words summarize the message of this chapter: lost, found, and rejoice. Jesus spoke these parables to answer the accusations of the Pharisees and scribes who were scandalized at His behavior. It was bad enough that Jesus welcomed these outcasts and taught them, but He went so far as to eat with them! The Jewish religious leaders did not yet understand that the Son of man had "come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Even more, they were still blind to the fact that they themselves were among the lost.

This chapter makes it clear that there is one message of salvation: God welcomes and forgives repentant sinners. But these parables also reveal that there are two aspects to this salvation. There is God's part: the shepherd seeks the lost sheep, and the woman searches for the lost coin. But there is also man's part in salvation, for the wayward son willingly repented and returned home. To emphasize but one aspect is to give a false view of salvation, for both the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man must be considered (see John 6:37; 2 Thes. 2:13-14).

Since one of the major themes of this chapter is joy, let's consider the three different joys that are involved in salvation. C.S. Lewis wrote, "Joy is the serious business of heaven," and it is a joy in which you and I can share.

 

Wiersbe on Mark 4

The demoniacs of Gadarea

This brings us to the third force, that of the Saviour. What did Jesus Christ do for these men? To begin with, He graciously came to them in love, and even went through a storm to do it. Some think that the storm itself may have been satanic in origin, since Jesus used the same words to calm the sea as He did to cast out demons (compare Mark 1:25 and 4:39). Perhaps Satan was trying to destroy Jesus, or at least prevent Him from coming to the men who needed Him. But nothing could stop the Lord from coming to that graveyard and bringing deliverance to those men.

Not only did Jesus come to them, but He spoke to them and permitted them to speak to Him. The citizens of that area avoided the two demoniacs, but Jesus treated them with love and respect. He came to seek and to save that which was lost

 

   

Holman Bible Handbook

God provides deliverance from that which held humankind away from Him. In His infinite compassion and love, He provides atonement in Jesus Christ. The stated purpose of the incarnation was that Jesus came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Christ's atoning work is particularly connected with His death on the cross. "We are reconciled to God through the death of His Son" (Rom 5:10). This death provided "propitiation in His blood," which must be accompanied "by faith" (Rom 3:25).

 

Mark 10:45

[45] For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

Hebrews 9:12

[12] Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

 

2 Cor. 5:19

[19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

 

 

 

Zaccheus the Publican:

(Luke 19:1-10)

The entrance of Jesus into Jericho was signalized by a yet more striking incident. The chief collector of revenue in the city was Zaccheus, rich, but held in opprobrium ("a sinner") because of his occupation. Being little of stature, Zaccheus had climbed into the branches of a sycomore tree to see Jesus as He passed. To his amazement, and that of the crowd, Jesus stopped on His way, and called Zaccheus by name to hasten to come down, for that day He must abide at his house. Zaccheus joyfully received Him, and, moved to a complete change in his views of duty, declared his purpose of giving half his goods to the poor, and of restoring fourfold anything he might have taken by false accusation. It was a revolution in the man's soul, wrought by love. "Today," Jesus testified, "is salvation come to this house.… For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost."


  

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