Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

How God Seeks and Saves

February 15, 2019

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

1. How does God seek people who ignore him?
This is the reason Jesus Christ came into the world. John tells us that God became man: “the Word became flesh.” The invisible God revealed himself and made himself known to us in Jesus Christ: “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:18). When you come to know Jesus, you have come to know God.

Jesus looks for people who aren’t looking for him. Peter, James, and John weren’t seeking him at all when he stepped into their lives and said, “Follow me.”

2. How does God save people who provoke him?
This is the reason Jesus died on the cross. Brutal men scourged him, mocked him, struck him on the head, spit on him, pressed a crown of thorns on him, and then nailed him to the cross. Those who did this were secular men who did not know God and religious men who claimed to know God. This is what we did to God.

As they were nailing him to the cross, Jesus, with arms spread, said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Think about it. “I spread out my hands all the day to … a people who provoke me to my face continually” (Isa. 65:2-3). This is what God was doing at the cross.

The God of the Bible seeks people who’ve ignored him and saves people who’ve provoked him. And when you see who he is, you will want to turn to him, trust him, know him, and follow him.

Will you reflect on the ways God has sought you and/or how God has saved you through Jesus Christ?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

Explore this topic further

Christ’s Completed Work in You—Part 2

5. You are light. You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (Eph. 5:8, NIV). Notice how Paul brings regeneration and sanctification together: “You are light.” That’s regeneration. “Live as…light.” That’s sanctification. You can’t live as light, unless you are light....

Read Post

Don’t Neglect Your Salvation

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? Hebrews 2:3 What makes our salvation so great? There’s all that Christ has done for us and all that he does in us. There’s what he has done already and what he continues to do. What Christ does for...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

The Plan

God's Design for Your Life

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.