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Lost ones

() - September 10, 2011 - 12:00am

Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!          — Luke 15:6

In my college years I worked as a guide, taking boys on treks into Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. On one occasion one of my hikers — a small, slow chap — lagged behind and took the wrong fork on a trail. When we arrived at our campsite he was nowhere to be found. I frantically went out to search for him.

Just before dark, I came across him sitting by a small lake — utterly lost and alone. In my joy, I gave him a bear hug, hoisted him on my shoulders, and carried him down the trail to his companions.

In a story by Scottish writer George MacDonald, he describes a young woman finding a child alone and lost in the woods. She gathered him up in her arms and carried him home to her father, at which point she gained an insight that was never to leave her. “Now she understood the heart of the Son of Man, [who came] to find and carry back the stray children to their Father and His.”

I want you to know the heart of Jesus, the Son of Man, who came to find and carry back His straying children to their Father, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). No matter how far you may have strayed and how lost you may be, He came to seek and to save you. — David Roper

Jesus came to seek and save the lost,

Left heaven’s glory, minding not the cost,

Looking high and low and far and wide,

The Son of Man for all was crucified. — Hess

READ: Luke 15:4-6

To find salvation, you must admit that you’re lost.

The Bible in one year:

• Proverbs 8-9

• 2 Corinthians 3

CAME DAVID ROPER FATHER AND HIS HESS LOST MAN MDASH ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK SON SON OF MAN
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