Sunday, November 22, 2020
"I lost not one" - Jesus
I lost not one
Israel served for a spouse, and for a wife he tended sheep. Hosea 12:12 NKJV
Jacob, while arguing with Laban, described his own work as follows: “These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried their young, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock. That which was torn by beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it. You required it from my hand, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. There I was! In the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep departed from my eyes” (Genesis 31:38–40 NKJV). Even harder than this was our Savior’s life here on earth. He watched over all His sheep until He gave as His final accounting, “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me” (John 18:9 NLT). His hair was wet with dew, His locks with the drops of the night. Sleep departed from His eyes, since He was praying all night for His people. One night, He pleads for Peter; the next night, another disciple claims His tearful intercession. No shepherd, sitting beneath the cold sky and looking toward the stars, could ever complain about the difficulty of his job as Jesus Christ could have, if He had chosen to do so. There was a sternness in the service of securing His spouse: Cold mountains and the midnight air, Witnessed the fervor of His prayer; The desert His temptations knew, His conflict, and His victory too. “My Dear Redeemer and My Lord,” Isaac Watts (1707) It is sweet to contemplate the spiritual parallel of Laban’s demanding an accounting for all the sheep under Jacob’s care. If a sheep was torn by beasts, Jacob had to make it good; if any of them died, he was legally liable. Wasn’t the toil of Jesus for His church the work of One who was under a heavy obligation to bring every believer safely into the Father’s hand? Look at the hardworking Jacob and you will see a representation of the One of whom we read, “He will feed his flock like a shepherd” (Isaiah 40:11 NLT). - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
For to look at this world in its overabundance of information and disinformation, in its purported wisdom and for sure lack of it, knowing that Jesus lost not 1 of those entrusted to Him by the Father should stir us to be reminded that no matter what the world claims, says, lies about, the truth is Jesus will not lose even 1 who was and is to be saved.
We live in a world of manipulation and lies when what you see is contrary to the Word of God.
It's saddening when you see exactly what Paul did and in his case he said such people are accused and he would hope they would even go mutilate themselves for trying to preach a different Gospel than they first received.
Regardless of what is seen in your world there are facts about this life.
Fact 1 is that it began in purity, fell due to sin of Adam and Eve.
Fact 2 Satan wants God's Throne and His place in the Universe.
Fact 3 for centuries Satan had been thwarted by God in his attempts to conquer the human race.
Fact 4 you are in the midst of that still ongoing battle.
Fact 5 only those whom are saved by the blood of Jesus are safe.
Fact 6 those who have not or refuse Salvation through Jesus Christ alone are condemned already.
Jesus lost not 1 and He will likely say that again to the Father after everything written in the Scriptures is fulfilled.
Imagine a chessboard. Now imagine a chessboard with trillions of parts to be moved on it. Jesus knows every single piece. Knows where each piece must be moved to, regardless of what move Satan makes, the scoreboard already says Jesus is the winner.
The aim and goal, for centuries, by Satan is to figure out how to fully manipulate and control people. To also mimic God. Scripture says he appears as an angel of light. He doesn't have horns nor is he red and have a tail with an arrow on the end.
He aims to create life. He aims to be worshipped by men and women. He aims to rule this world his way. What had been happening for centuries is just that. As someone once said "There are none so blind as those who do not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know."
If you've been going back and forth over Salvation, it's time to decide. Will you believe Satan, the Father of lies, or Jesus, the Way the Truth and the Life? If you feel that tugging on your heart when you hear or read about getting saved, then now is the time to open that door.
Satan doesn't want to lose another person. He will fight you. Will use your own thoughts against you.
Jesus isn't willing that any should perish but that all would be saved. The catch that you think you are looking for is that YOU must choose.
Jesus indeed will not lose a single person in all history that was to be saved.
Will you be one of them?