The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10, NKJV).
If we were to write a mission statement for Jesus, we could not do any better than to repeat His own words:
To seek and to save that which was lost.
What was lost? It was humanity itself, which was alienated from God, subject to death, and filled with fear, disappointment, and despair. If nothing were done in our behalf, all would be lost.
Thanks to Jesus, though, we all have great reasons to be hopeful.
In the apostasy, man alienated himself from God; earth was cut off from heaven. Across the gulf that lay between, there could be no communion. But through Christ, earth is again linked with heaven. With His own merits, Christ has bridged the gulf which sin had made . . . Christ connects fallen man in his weakness and helplessness with the Source of infinite power.-Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 20.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is a story of God seeking after lost humanity. Luke illustrates this truth by using three important parables: the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7), the lost coin (Luke 15:8-10), and the lost son (Luke 15:11-32).
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, May 23.