March 23, 2016
“We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done on him, on him.” Isaiah 53:6 MSG
Jesus could have walked away. He saw our hearts .. He heard the words accusing him. He felt the glares, accusations, and slander. He healed lives .. touched untouchable men and women .. sowed hope into empty lives .. and declared that the Father had sent His Son to answer for an unfixable situation: “doing our own thing”. He told a story about lost sheep .. lost coins .. and lost sons after eating a meal with men regarded as sinners. He described what God’s attitude toward you is like: He left perfectly whole and healthy sheep to find you after you wandered off. And finding you, He threw a party announcing your safe return. Imagine if this was your attitude today in the world you live in. You’ve got schedules .. deadlines .. expectations .. and a plan. But suddenly you hear of a friend or a friend’s friend who is in trouble. What will you do? Will you drop your perfectly reasonable plans and jump in with both feet to help? God did: He piled every wrong thing in your life on His Son. He piled it. It wasn’t neatly arranged. His life became the dumping ground for all the refuse and slander mocking accusations you’ve ever hurled at God. Your own thing has been met with His Own Son. And what about you? Will you celebrate a lost sheep finding his or her way back home. If you do, it will be because you see Jesus wearing the pile and carrying him or her back home for a celebration. Leave room for cake … It only takes a moment to get ready .. be ready .. and be ready and willing today.
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” Luke 15:4-7 MSG
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Wandering Rejoicers finding their way back with Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org