“The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost.” — Luke 19:10
Although God is omnipotent and almighty, He rebukes us gently, little by little, so that we may be able to bear it and be encouraged by His mercy to grow in faith, obedience, and holiness.
Thus, Jesus stayed with sinners. He came to seek and save sinners (Lk 19:10). Even at the end of His life, Jesus was crucified between two sinners (Lk 23:33). He was made to be sin, as it were, for those who need salvation from sin (2 Cor 5:21). Sinners at least are in the position to eventually know they need Jesus (see Lk 18:9ff). Self-righteous people don’t think they need Jesus. They are in danger of becoming, in effect, their own gods and not realizing they are in need of a Saviour.
We need to realize that we cannot save ourselves (Ps 49:8; Is 26:18). We are less than “a drop of morning dew” (Wis 11:22). Once we know that our salvation is in God and in Him alone, we then know that we cannot stand before God on our own. God is far greater than the universe, and we are so small before Him. We need a Saviour. The Good News is that we have a Saviour! (Acts 4:12) Accept Jesus, “the Saviour of the world” (Jn 4:42).
PRAYER: Father, “be merciful to me, a sinner” (Lk 18:13).
PROMISE: “We pray for you always that our God may make you worthy of His call, and fulfill by His power every honest intention and work of faith.” —2 Thes 1:11
PRAISE: “I have the same hope in God as these men have that there is to be a resurrection of the good and the wicked alike” (Acts 24:15). Risen Jesus, grace me to be among Your elect.
(From a reflection by a member of the editorial team of the late Fr Al Lauer’s Presentation Ministries)
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