Matthew 18: 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Jesus made similar statements to verse 18 many times. This is almost identical to what he said after he told Zacchaeus he was going home with him. The people were amazed that Jesus would go home with someone like Zacchaeus and he told them for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. He makes this statement to every individual.
Here in the book of Matthew Jesus spoke the same words to a crowd of people. The people wanted to know who was the greatest in heaven. To this group of followers and non-followers he said for the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Though his presence comforted people, though he helped many people in many ways, though he healed people and raised the dead, though he taught about the kingdom of God, his role—his mission—was to save. We have help and deliverance in this evil world because of being saved by the blood of the one who came to save. Luke 9:56 says for the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Jesus came to save! If we end up destroyed in eternity it will not be the fault of Jesus Christ. A person sends him or herself to hell by not choosing Jesus. John 3 says he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. The condemnation was already there. Jesus didn’t come to condemn; he came to save.
People trust in some of the most ignorant things today for assurance. Many without Jesus believe they’ll go to heaven. It’s the nature of man to try every way but the door to get there. Jesus said I am the door. There is no back or side door. There is one way to heaven, and the way is Jesus. We must go through him. He’s the one who came to save, and if you think you don’t need to be saved, think again. We’re nothing but dumb sheep. We don’t realize that it’s not in us to save ourselves. We’re gullible. We’re vulnerable. We’re easily led around by every whim that comes along. I don’t want to be a sheep of the devil; he’s the bad shepherd. He wants nothing but to land us in hell. Then he’ll laugh at our end. Jesus is the good shepherd. We’ve gone astray, and that’s why we need to be saved. If you are saved, be sure to appreciate your salvation. Don’t stray. Don’t lose faith.
We need to be saved from our fallen state. Paul said sin cut him down no matter how upright he tried to live. Our Adam nature is the fallen state of mankind. We’re without God and we’ll remain flat on our face unless Jesus pulls us up. He’ll set us upright. We need to be saved from the corrupted nature we got through our fallen state. We can’t trust the way we feel. Without Jesus our nature, our reasoning, and our feelings are tainted. A corrupt nature blinds the eyes to truth and deceives us. We must be birthed into the kingdom of God. We need to be saved from our lost condition. Verse 14 says it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Without a Savior, on our own, we are lost. You may disagree with that, but according to the Bible you’re not all right without Jesus. It is God’s thinking that matters, not your own. Because of your lost and strayed condition, you don’t realize how much danger you’re in. You don’t realize the darkness that surrounds you. You don’t realize how led around you are. That’s why Jesus came. A lost condition is hard to admit, but without Jesus you’re on a losing streak. Think you’re ahead of the game? Think you’re successful? You may have the kingdoms of this world but without Jesus, you’re on the losing side. You don’t realize you are a heartbeat from hell, a breath from death. Jesus came to save people from hell, the dark eternity of those who don’t trust in the Lord. Get rid of the sin by calling on Jesus Christ. You can’t do it yourself.
Verse 12 asks how think ye? Will you go on ignoring what Jesus did through his suffering on the cross? Will you go on pretending all is well? Will you go on listening to Satan? Or will you turn around and listen to Jesus who came to save by the power of his grace and mercy? There is victory in Jesus and you can be released from sin through him.
How think ye? Admit you’re a sinner. Repent. Surrender to Jesus as your Savior. He made his move; now it’s time for you to make your move.