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He Came to Save the Lost
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MHB 173 Would Jesus have the sinner die? Why hangs He then on yonder tree? What means that strange expiring cry? Sinners, He prays for you and me; Forgive them, Father, O forgive! They know not that by me they live There is a joke about a boy who goes the Accra to seek greener pastures, but finds out life is not so easy as he wished therefore he is walking one day alone the streets of Accra and finds a sign workers wanted at a zoo. He decides to go in there, since he has no food to eat, to his amazement he was to wear a monkey costume and when the zoo opens, he was to swing from tree to tree. The next morning the comes to work, wears his costume and then starts jumping from tree to tree, then, mistakenly falls into the Lion¶s cage, so he begins to shout, Help! Help! Help! But to his amazement the Lion tells him ah Koo keep quite do you want us to lose our jobs.
The state of humans is like in this story, where we are all disguised into things we are not and running away from things which are not real, to simply put this we are chasing the shadows of things which are to us pleasing and fulfilling. For we seek morality but do not know the moral law giver, we look for the truth but do not know who is the truth, we want to worship but do not know what it costs.
Rejection of God. Like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19), There was the REJECTION of God in all their lives, they were increasing in immorality ³Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ³(Rom 1:21-25 KJV)
We Reject him because He is not our God. Many times we reject God not because he has not been with us but because we will rather not have a God who will give us a moral Law so we can indulge in our own sinful desire. We are now in what is called the Feel Good Syndrome (FGS), she will not feel good if a man looks at her and makes a sexual explicit comment, but still our young ladies will walk half naked and are not shamed because when they wear it they feel good. Our young men will rather sleep with any woman they feel attracted to. The Husband is not faithful to the woman he decided to live with but rather with some young girl who doses not know what she wants. He wants his wife to be faithful but he will not be.
The youth, if I close my eyes are lost, they look for money but do not want to work. Young girls will deny their parents just because they are living a life socially above their parents. We have become like the man who looks at his face in the mirror, and after he turns away forgets how he looks.
We have rejected God in as much as we who are made in the Imago Dieo of God and when we step into the world forget all about who we actually are. We have now become the rulers of Sodom and Judges of Gomorrah, towards God ³Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not
consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. (Isa 1:2-4)
Irreverence to the Lord We show no more reverence towards the Sovereign master or worship has now become only but creeds without deeds. We say we perform but do not live, we say we are Christians we perform our legal duties like giving our offerings yet we who are under grace but not the Law will easily give a sheep in place of ourselves we will give sacrifices than sacrifice ourselves. We now give what is to Caeser to God and give what is to God to Caeser.
Reject him so we will not be Stewards Are we stewards and still will not render any account to the Lord? we keep Gods property and we will not want to give account of it to it¶s owner. One may ask what God¶s property is. The answer is simple (see Gen. 1 vs. 26). A steward identifies himself with his master, he accepts the responsibility of the steward and must act in his masters will (Ellen G. White, Counsels on Stewardship). We only will accept that which we will gain with material things of this earth rather than looking towards our spiritual Poverty but seek to satisfy the flesh more.
We have rejected him therefore ourselves Last time I sat in a car with a man who was totally drank then he said something which strike me as strange, he said ³I know that man is nothing and we will all die one day´ let me ask all of us if we are the image of God, are we actually nothing? Therefore we have rejected God so we can indulge in sin, we can feel good and not account for what he has given us. We now have lost all sense of belonging to the divine being who has made us fearful and wonderful.
Zacchaeus: A Lost Man found in a lost City How come that a man like Zacchaeus who was a Jew be found in a city where it has been cursed (see Jos.6 vs.26), Jericho was to be a desolate town where no one will be expected to live because the builder for this town will use his ³Firstborn son for the foundations´, he was in one of the most dishonest job you could find a Jew doing, so much so that when Matthew was describing his
version of the Gospel he made mention of his home as ³the House´ and when listing the Disciples he said ³Matthew the tax collector´. To be tax collector during those days in the eyes of the people and Pharisee meant you were unholy. Now hearing more about Jesus, in his heart seeking to find the truth in the scriptures y Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (Deu 18:15) y And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit. (Isa 11:1)
Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not; and a nation that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of Jehovah thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. (Isa 55:3-5)
y Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jer 23:5) y Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law. (Isa 42:14)
y In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.(Zec 13:1)
With these things strong in Zachaeus¶s heart he wanted to seek Jesus Christ out and know the truth. Like what happen between Philip and Nathanael: And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael
saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. (Joh 1:46-48 KJV)
Jesus calls him from the Sycamore tree and he gets down to host Jesus in his House, the truth is that if we seek him we will realize that Jesus Christ has sought us long ago, like what Frances Thompson said in his poem the ³Hounds of Heaven´
I fled him down the night and down the days. I fled him down the arches of the years I fled him down the labyrinth ways Of my mind, and in the mist of tears I hid from him, and under running Laughter Up vistaed hopes I sped and shot precipitated Adown the titanic glooms of chasmed hears From those strong feet that followed, followed after me But with unhurring chase and unperted pace Deliberated speed, majestic instancy They beat, and voice beat, More instant than feet; All things betray thee who betayest me Save me, save only me? All which I took from thee I didst but take Not for thy harms But just that thou might seek it in my arms All which thy child mistake fancies as lost I have stored for thee at home Rise, clasp my hand and come Is my gloom, after all Shade of his hand outstretched caressingly? Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest I am he whom thou seekest Thou dravest Love from thee which dravest me.
Why run when he seeks you. The End.