Many readers have heard that Jesus came to save the lost. Indeed He did. Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15 that “Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.” And “This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” He wanted that no one would perish. But did you know that He said much more, as if that was not enough concerning saving. “Jesus came to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). What does that mean?
Jesus came to save all things that were lost; childhood, innocence, peace, money, integrity, sight, health. Yes He came to redeem all things, as we trust in Him. In the Old Testament Joel 2:25 says, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten." This speaks to the Israelites in the desert and the promises of bounty ahead of them. Job lost all but his life, but God gave him twice what he had before (Job 42:10).
This covenant relationship God has with us is one of a Shepherd who pastures, tends, strengthens, and binds up wounds. This is the God of Psalm 103 who we praise because He is who “Forgives all our sins, heals all our diseases, saves our life from the pit and fills us with love and compassion, who satisfies the desires of our hearts with good things that we might rise on eagle’s wings.” This God must be praised for “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
What have you lost? I lost part of my childhood to a mother who was an alcoholic, Alzheimer’s, and undiagnosed bipolar disease. God has healed me and forgiven and made me whole for the years of bad acting that resulted. I know many young women who were sexually abused in their youth by family members. I have seen devastating illnesses both physical and mental take tremendous tolls. Yes, God can heal these. He also wants us spiritually whole first, because our bodies are starting to fall apart in our early 20s, but our spirit is eternal. He wants us “saved.” Come to believe in the One who saves and heals and restores today!