Daily Inspiration: The Passion of Christ: for the Lost 1
March 9, 2020, 4:00 AM

Luke 15:1-4

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

 

Thought for Today

This Lent we are considering the passion of Christ. Normally this would refer to Jesus’ suffering and death. What I mean to ask is, what was Jesus so passionate about that brought about His Passion? What drove Him so powerfully that He would even consider suffering and dying in our place. The foundational purpose of His mission was to seek and save the lost. The deception in the Garden of Eden had brought sin into the world and separated God from the people He loved. He sent Jesus to win them back for Him. Jesus was willing to abandon the joy and peace of heaven, the saints and angels already residing in the flock of God to come and search for those who had gone astray and were lost. Each time He found one He engaged them, and when they responded in faith He rejoiced. You were one of those little lost sheep. In your baptism Jesus placed you on His shoulders and carried you home. Ever since then you have been numbered among Jesus’ flock. What a wonderful thought to start the week.

 

Prayer

Jesus, my Good Shepherd, thank You for searching for me when I was lost in sin. Help me be at peace this week, knowing that You are watching over me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

How wonderful it is being a sheep in the flock of God. Our shepherd is the one that created the grass that we need for pasture, He is the one that created the rivers and the waters, He is the one who holds everything in His hand and He is my Shepherd. ― Edmond Sanganyado

 

Quote of the Day

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. — Benjamin Franklin

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