Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost”
My beloved, without Jesus Christ there is no salvation. I’m reminded of the story in the gospel of Luke of the account of Zacchaeus. At first glance it may seem like a series of chance events. Jesus was passing through Jericho and a rich tax collector climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of the miracle-working teacher.
However, this encounter with Jesus was not a coincidence. At the end of the narrative, Luke deliberately included Jesus’ words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house ..; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10). Below is a poem which speaks about a person’s life without Jesus:
You may live without Jesus, and go on your way;
You may bear your own burdens and ne’er pause to pray;
You may choose your own goals, then strive to attain;
All this without Jesus is striving in vain.
You may live without Jesus, and live without peace;
You may work without Jesus your wealth to increase;
But you’ll find out too late such gain does not last;
Your hands will be empty when life is all past.
You’ll be facing the grave with its unknown dread;
Asking, “Where will I be – Yes, where, when I’m dead?”
Should you die without Jesus and go to your grave;
Since without His forgiveness – forever sin’s slave!
Yes, if still without Jesus when hearing death’s call,
Unsaved soul, you have nothing, no, nothing at all.
Anyone who investigates the identity of Jesus Christ, the Bible “God’s Eternal Word” holds many clues. One of them is His silence. Centuries before Jesus lived, the prophet Isaiah wrote of Him: “As a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). The significance of this remained obscure until Jesus was brought before His accusers and “answered nothing” (Mark 15:3). It’s a small but very important piece of evidence, especially when combined with other clues such as:
(1) His birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4);
(2) His Davidic lineage (Isaiah 11:10; Luke 3:31); and
(3) The casting of lots for His clothes (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
My beloved, these and more than 200 other fulfilled prophecies provide overwhelming evidence of the identity of Jesus. He is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of all who put their faith and trust in Him. In the book of Revelation, the risen Christ identified Himself to the church in Philadelphia as “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Revelation 3:7). The Lord Jesus Christ holds the keys to salvation.
When the time-bound keys that we have to give up are compared to the eternal keys that Christ holds, we bow at His feet in worshipful acceptance of His dealings. Jesus alone unlocks the door to everything that really matters.
What you decide about Jesus Christ will determine your destiny.