“The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NIV 1984).
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” (Matthew 18:12, NIV 1984).
My Musings – My all-time favorite actor? John Wayne. His greatest movie? Not the one he won the Oscar for (True Grit), but one that is consistently ranked among the top 100 movies of all time — The Searchers. Presumably a favorite of Wayne’s as well, since he named one of his sons after the main character.
After a Comanche raiding party massacres a family, taking the youngest daughter prisoner, her uncle, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), and adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), begin a multi-year quest to find her. During the long search, the young girl grows into a young woman. Edwards, a deeply flawed and bigoted man, intends to kill her, as in his mind she has been “tainted’ by living with the Comanches. Pawley, a much weaker man, is driven by love for his sister and is determined to protect her from her uncle. In the end, Pawley is not strong enough to intervene, but Edwards’ prejudice is overcome as his compassion and love for his niece surfaces. This is probably not the most “politically correct” plot by today’s standards, but it made a strong statement about how inappropriate prejudice and bigotry is. In that sense, the movie was, perhaps, ahead of its time.
There is no such flaw in our Savior. First, He “came to seek and to save what was lost” in order to make them part of His flock. Then, if necessary, He will “go to look for the one that wandered off” in order to bring them back into the fold.
My Advice – He is searching for you. Won’t you come on in to His flock? Once there, remain in the fold. But rest assured, if you wander astray, He will come looking for you to bring you back.