Why Jesus Came – Luke 19:20
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)
In the early days of the church, there was an assumption that the gospel was for the Jews only. After all, Jesus was Jewish, He addressed Jewish crowds, and the disciples were Jewish.
But in Acts 13 we find Paul and Barnabas being commissioned by God to travel to the Gentile cities, and they arrive at Antioch:
The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 13:44-47)
This was a watershed event in the church – that non-Jews could be included in the kingdom of God. Apparently, God is the originator of diversity!
But my point is this: Jesus Christ didn’t come to save good people, or Jewish people – Jesus came to save LOST PEOPLE.
And that, my friends, is the great news of the gospel.
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
See friend, no matter how far you’ve gone, no matter how lost you are, Jesus came for you!
We can change the world, one life at a time…
*Join us on Sunday, May 17th, as we start our next teaching series in the Gospel of Luke – “The King Is Here”