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Born to seek, save the lost

WE often get the impression that life just rolls on until finally we fall off the edge.

It can seem to be a case of one thing after another, consisting of a jumbled assortment of things which please us and things which grieve us.
Archimedes is cited as saying: “Give me a place to stand and I will move the whole world.” He was referring to using a lever, but the saying resonates with us on other levels.
God who made the world also communicates with it. There is a plan and purpose to what He does. The divine Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). This came about ‘when the fullness of time had come’ (Gal.4:4), to usher in ‘the end of the ages’ (1 Cor.10:11).
The Christian Scriptures tell us of God’s rescue plan. The world was created good, but a false view of freedom led to sin, and all its attendant consequences: lostness, pain, misery, death, and judgment. At God’s perfect time, Christ Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). In Christ, we have a place to stand. Christmas is not just the busy rush at the end of another year. It ought to point us to the Lord of glory who left heaven that He might bring His people home safe and sound.
Pastor Peter Barnes,
Revesby Presbyterian Church.