This is my article I got published on --
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Lost? What do you mean lost? Jesus said in Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (KJV)
Some Evangelical teachers and leaders are no longer preaching that man is lost. Just check out this quote from Robert Schuller (a New Age/Christian leader and host of the "Hour of Power" TV show on TBN), "I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unChristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition."
That was a quote from an article in Christianity Today, October 5, 1984. Jesus (who is God made flesh) said this in Luke 13:3 and 5, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." The simple fact of the matter is that Jesus came into the world to do one thing and one thing only: save those who were lost in their sins, by dying on the cross to pay the sin debt we could never pay on our own.
To give any thoughts that he married Mary Magdeline and had kids or did anything other than what HE himself said he came to do is heresy! It is adding to Scripture and removing from Scripture! STOP IT!!!
By the act of repentence, one was shown that they were lost in their sins and a sinner in God's eyes and was then convicted by the Holy Ghost to the point where they repented of their sins, seeking salvation from their lost, sinful state, by faith in Jesus Christ. Look at what Jesus said in Luke 15:7 in the story of the lost sheep, "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine (99) just persons, which need no repentence."
Who could forget one of the coolest encounters Jesus had with a lost sinner from Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus, a rich publican, showed faith in Jesus when he had to run ahead of the crowds surrounding our Lord and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see him, because he was too short to see over the people. Perched up in the tree, Jesus was passing by and saw the excited tax-collector gazing down and called out to him by name.
Think about that for a second folks. Jesus did not say, "Hey what's your name up there in the tree come down?" No, our Lord, God incarnate, the one who formed Zacchaeus in his mother's womb, called to him by name. Check out verse 6: "And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully." I think that with him taking Jesus to his house, this could also be applied as a picture of people bringing Jesus into their hearts.
Remember the old saying, "Home is where the heart is?" The passage from Revelation 3:20 where Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me," is applied in the way that there is a door to our hearts and Jesus is knocking on that door.
The knob is on the inside, so we either let him in or not, he doesn't just bulldoze his way in. But back to Zacchaeus. Read verses 9-10. Jesus responded, "And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." When Jesus said Zacchaeus was a "son of Abraham", he meant that he had shown himself to be a man of faith, "but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all." (Romans 4:16)
Romans 4:11 says the same of Abraham, "...that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised (Jew); that righteousness might be imputed unto them also." So, what is the end result here? For those of us who are now in Christ, we WERE once lost sinners. And for those who are not in Christ, are STILL LOST!
Lets give thanks and praise to our God for Jesus Christ who seeks and saves lost sinners! Amen!