March 17, 2010
(Jesus said) "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10
I get lost.
There, I've made the confession. I get lost.
Not just regular lost. I get lost coming out of a hospital room, when I look for my car at the airport, when I'm traveling to see someone, when I leave the movie theater.
I get lost.
I used to think I got lost because I didn't pay attention, or I hadn't made any mental notes as to which way I should go, or maybe I was born without the direction-finding gene.
Believe it or not, there may be such a gene. Scientists from Montclair State University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Chicago have found there are people who have "Williams Syndrome."
They concluded that folks who have Williams Syndrome may indeed have some sort of genetic disorder that doesn't allow them to find themselves out of a paper bag. (Actually, the researchers never really said that bit about a paper bag. That was mine.)
Even so, there are some folks who have a tough time getting around, and I don't have to tell you who you are. You already know.
In contrast to the select group that has Williams Syndrome, all of us start out spiritually lost. Try as we might, it's impossible for any of us to figure a way out of our sin and find the path that would take us back to God.
This is why we who were lost, needed someone to show us the way. Actually, we needed someone to be the way.
That person, of course, is Jesus. Jesus spent His entire life, blazing the path, showing the way, building the bridge, being the individual who would pay the price that would reconcile sinful humankind with our perfect God.
His third-day resurrection from the dead is the final proof we need that the work is done and that Jesus is the Way . . . to forgiveness . . . to peace . . . to heaven.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for the fact Your feet never left the path which would lead to my salvation, I offer my thanks. Now may I gladly follow You every day of my life and especially this day. In Your Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries