...to seek the lost...
In the Gospel of Luke starting with 9:51, Luke devoted 10 chapters to his narrative as a travelogue of Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem Luke stressed Jesus' relentless progression toward the cross and was the very purpose for which Christ had come to earth.
Jesus would fortel of his death to the disciples in Scripture and it is this Scripture we are reading today. Jesus would tell the world for generations to come the very reason he came. He spoke these words not only for his disciples but for you and I. And as Christians, we celebrate Easter for this very purpose. The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." (Luke 9:22-23) Jesus would not be deterred from the Father's plan of redemption for ALL of humanity. Jesus was determined to complete the Father's mission for us ALL. When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. ( Luke 9:51)
Lord, help us to remember what you have done for us! Help those who may not believe that you are the Christ our Lord and Savior and to open their hearts and minds to see your wonderful works upon the cross. For those who will believe in you, you carried our sin far from us. We are lost without you. Help our hearts to long for you so that not one soul would be lost. In Jesus name, Amen.
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."