Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Ever been lost in the wilderness or somewhere in a strange city? Typically we’re lost because we don’t know the area very well and lack an adequate navigation system. The easiest way to find our way in a strange environment is to ask a local.

Heaven, too, is a strange environment to us. We supposedly know our way around here on Earth, but Heaven? Heaven, the place where God and His angels reside, is just plain hard to imagine.

This is where Jesus comes in. He’s the local from heaven who came to Earth to show us the way. The way to Heaven may be paved with many good intentions, but in case you haven’t noticed, even our best intentions don’t get us anywhere near Heaven. Try as you may, there’s no human navigation system that gets us there, especially not good deeds and charity. The most common misconception of “paying our way to Heaven” simply does not work.

There’s many ways to get lost, and we’re pro’s! “Fifty ways to leave your lover”? This pales in comparison to the myriads of ways we can get lost. And if we’re expert losers, then Jesus is the expert Savior. There is no way that we can’t be found by Him. Jesus knows where to look and where to go. He knows us very well and incidentally, He knows how life on Earth works – He has been there, done that, growing up in the inconspicuous town of Nazareth, working His trade, traveling around the country, and ministering to the crowds. Most importantly, He has eternal life. He sacrificed His life only to get it back.  Resurrected on the third day after He was killed, He is the One to turn to for eternal life.

A trademark of being lost is our perpetual state of seeking. We’re tirelessly scanning the area to find any hints pointing us into the right direction, back to the trail-head. If we’re lost in the wilderness somewhere and we can’t find our way back it will be at the cost of our lives. By the same token, it’s crucial that we find our way back to Eden – the Garden of Eden where we had face-time with God. Thankfully, we’re not the only ones seeking. As a matter of fact, all our seeking and searching for lost paradise would be highly unsuccessful, unless a second seeker comes in. Jesus says of Himself that He came to seek and save the lost. So, as we are hunting for paradise in the wilderness of life, we will eventually run into Jesus, because He seeks us out. That’s what He does.

No matter who you are, where you are, or where you think you are going – the person who knows you like no other is Jesus, the Son of God, who wants to meet with you and who wants to show you the way home.

Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound,
Home where my thought’s escaping,
Home where my music’s playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.
                                         Paul Simon

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