Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Land of the Lost

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." -- Luke 19:10

"Land of the Lost" was a 1974 children's program about a family who was trapped in an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs, primitive people, and aggressive lizard-type/humanoid creatures called Sleestak.  The series chronicles the efforts of the family to find their way back to their own world while exploring the exotic features of the Land of the Lost (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_Lost_(1974_TV_series).  Since the original series there have been remakes, movies, new series, and a growing fascination with the idea of being lost from family and the safety of home.

In an Advent sermon series, our church sent interviewers into our city to ask people on the street two questions:  "Who is Jesus?" and "Why did He come here?"  As you might imagine, the answers given in response to the questions covered the gamut.  There were believers who without hesitation proclaimed him to be the Son of God who came to save mankind.  My heart was grieved, though, by the number of people who were either indifferent or absolutely clueless.  Though some of their responses were ridiculous and laughable, they awoke in me the harsh reality that there are many people who do not know the truth and the conviction that I have not done a very good job of sharing the Gospel with those I know are lost.

We are all living in a modern-day "land of the lost," a world where sin runs rampant and where mankind lives oblivious to the consequences of that sin.  Jesus left a perfect world to live among and save lost people.  Are you one of the lost, or are you working with him to show lost people how to find their way back home to the world where Christ reigns as King, rules as Lord, and desires intimate fellowship with his own?  If you don't have a relationship with Jesus, you can receive the gift of his salvation by acknowledging and confessing your sin, believing that he came to seek and save you, and inviting him to live in and through you.  There is no longer a reason to be lost....Jesus is the Way.

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