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Scripture: Matthew 18:11-14
[“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
Insights: We close this weeks Thoughts by Scott with one last thought regarding humanity. That thought is all of humanity is capable of being saved. Jesus came to this earth and died on a cross to pay the necessary payment for the sins of the world. You are included and I am included in those sins. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Yet, while we were still sinners, Christ Jesus died for us. I want you to notice the determination of the Lord Jesus from today’s verses. There are ninety-nine sheep who have followed after the Lord and you would think the Shepherd would be happy with that kind of percentage. The passage, however, reveals Jesus’ heart is for 100% success. He desires for no one to die and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. As a result, He goes and looks for the stray sheep until He finds it. Beloved, I wonder why we do not live with this kind of urgency and persistence. People can be saved. Their salvation will not be a result of us saving them, but it will be a result of us telling them about the One who actually does the saving, the Lord Jesus. Let me encourage you to share your faith. Tell people the good news of the gospel, which is Jesus loves them. He died for their sin. He will save them. All they have to do is pray and ask Him to come into their lives and they will be saved. Let us preach Christ boldly and fervently.
1. Have you entered into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus?
2. Do you even recognize your need for a Savior?
Prayer: Father, it is my prayer for Your Spirit to draw on the hearts of all people. If someone has not entered into a relationship with You, I pray You would convict their hearts to the point of repentance and obedience. Amen.
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