Have you ever lost a wallet or a purse? Or far worse, perhaps you’ve had a moment when you turned around and realized your child had wandered off in a crowd. It’s an awful feeling to know someone or something is lost.
Luke, the Bible’s only Gentile author, was gripped by the needs of lost people. As we read his Gospel we notice how he emphasized stories of the poor and downtrodden. Luke was a physician, sensitive to the needs of those who crossed his path.
As he tells the story of Christ, the humanity of Jesus is revealed, we see how our Lord made salvation available to people on the margins of society, like needy widows, obscure shepherds, despised tax collectors, and troubled children.
In chapter 15, Luke tells of three people who lost things very precious to them, and each story ends with the joy of reclamation.
In Luke 19:10, he drove home his theme, saying: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke wrote with passion and conviction, but his Gospel isn’t emotionally-driven; it’s factually-based. In his opening paragraph, Luke prefaced his book by calling it an orderly account, well investigated, setting forth the certainty of the facts related to the life of Christ.
From a literary perspective, Luke’s writing stands out within ancient literature. From a faith perspective, his accuracy provides well-researched reasons to believe in Jesus, the one who came to seek and to save those who are lost.
Jesus Christ is Savior for the entire world, for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, for all are lost and need to be saved.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10).
The followers of Christ must be gripped by the needs of lost people, seek them with the message of life, and rejoice with the angels when they come to Christ.