For Christians, the word save and lost, as well as the term “Jesus saves” are very familiar. I have discovered that in the familiar can lie undiscovered treasures and fresh revelation of God and His kingdom.
When Jesus was describing His mission in Matthew 18:11, He used a choice of words that are pregnant with great wealth and victory for our lives. He says, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” Note the choice of words, “save that which was lost. “
What is that? When, where and what was lost? These are important questions that can only be understood with the mind of the Spirit, the mind of Christ. Once understood it will bring you to a deeper understanding of what Jesus meant when He taught us to pray Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Where and when that was lost was in the Garden of Eden at the moment of disobedience. What was lost was the perfect representation of His Kingdom on planet earth, God’s rule, and dominion that was wrought through man who was made in His image. At that moment that image became distorted.
What was lost is beyond measure, but let’s consider the most important one for today, which was the intimate communion Adam and Eve had with the Father. They lost their ability to walk with Him in the cool of the day, and the ability to approach Him unashamed and with confidence. Genesis chapter 3 says they hid, they were ashamed and afraid. It is important to know that when God came into the garden that day asking what they had done and where they were, it was with a broken heart and the tone of a father who still deeply loved His children.
The good news is, Jesus came to save that which was lost! The word save means to make whole and to completely restore. When Jesus died on the cross and cried out, “It is finished,” He restored the access to the Father and He made a way to the most holy place. The Bible says it this way, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16 New King James Version.
Asking Jesus into your life not only allows you to go to heaven when you die, but it also gives you access into heaven while you live. It allows His Kingdom to come into your life right now!
It is important to know that God is in a good mood and He is more excited about you then you are of Him.
That’s the Kingdom perspective!
Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, can be reached at 776-0026. Kingdom Life Christian Church meets 10:30 a.m. at The Renaissance on 9th/Senior Enrichment Center 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For more information, visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.