Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
By His uplifted cross and His on-going priestly ministry, Christ is drawing "all men" to repentance. His gracious love is so strong and persistent that the sinner must resist it in order to be lost.
Is this "good news" too good to be true? To be frank, some people say it is! They have the idea that it's not fair to let Jesus do all the work of saving us--somehow we must work to help Him save us.
This is just another way of saying that "The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). The Lord Jesus Christ does the "work" of seeking and saving you; now it's your job to let Him do it. Stop resisting Him through cherished unbelief.
Jesus insists on the metaphor of the Good Shepherd: "the ninety and nine" are safe in the fold; the Shepherd has had a long, hard day working; he is tired and hungry; his beloved wife has cooked his favorite supper and she urges him, "Come, sit down, and enjoy the meal I have prepared for you; you have worked hard enough today. Look at the lowering dark clouds, feel the wind picking up, a wild storm is brewing!"
But the shepherd says, "I can't enjoy rest and the delicious meal you have cooked for me; I must go and find that one lost sheep!"
Why does the Shepherd say this?
He loves the one lost sheep!
And who is the lost sheep?
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: February 2009.
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