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Message of the Day: Jesus Came to Save the Lost!

“…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NKJV)

The Jews believed that salvation belonged to all Israelites because of their descent from Abraham, except for those who excluded themselves by heinous crimes. In Ezekiel 34:6 and 11, God initiated the move to seek out the lost sheep because the Jewish leaders had failed.

Luke 19:1-10 is about the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector of Jericho and was rich. He wanted to see Jesus, Jesus on the other hand wanted to talk to him. So Jesus went to his house, much to the disapproval of the local residents.

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As a result of the visit, Zacchaeus repented and believed in Jesus Christ. He promised to repay those he had cheated even to those he had not cheated as proof of his conversion. As a tax collector he was despised by his fellow Jews as one not worthy to be called a ‘son of Abraham’. But that was no reason for him to be cut off from salvation.

This is good news for us. Jesus came to save those who are lost and despised. We received such acceptance and salvation from no less than the Lord Jesus Christ. The world may despise and reject us but in Jesus, we are accepted and saved. We are considered as ‘sons ofAbraham.’

Sources:

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

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