Luke 15:7, 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
We can observe three things here:
1.The Lord is calling you: Adam went into hiding after he disobeyed the Lord’s commands. The Lord came looking for him and called him out . In Genesis 3:9, 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”. Today also man is doing the same thing, we disobey Him and then go into hiding. Otherwise, we end up placing blame on each other like Adam and Eve. Instead of placing blame on each other like Adan and Eve, we should not try to justify ourselves before the Lord because He knows us better than we know ourselves. Rather like obedient children we should ask for forgiveness from the Lord and reach out to His presence. While reading the Bible or listening to Bible sermons, if you feel the prick of a guilty conscience or experience the wounds inflicted on the Lord, then rejoice that the Holy Spirit is working its powers within you. Immediately look up to the crucified Lord and run to His feet. Look He is holding out His arms open to you to embrace you into Himself.
Luke 19:1, This is the story of Zaccheus, the tax collector. He was filled with the extreme desire to see Jesus. He was labelled as a sinner by the society, but our Lord Jesus Christ called him by his name and stayed with him at his house. In Luke 19: 10, we read that the Lord says, 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
We can say here, The Good Shepherd is calling me out by my name, He is coming looking for me. When He comes looking for you, what are the obstacles in becoming one with Him??? Think and try to remove them out of your way.
2. The Lord is waiting for us: The birth of Jesus was at a time when there was no contact between Jews and Samaritans. But we read in the Bible that the Saviour waited for a Samaritan woman near the well. Even though Jesus was a Jew(high caste), He asked for water from the Samaritan woman who were at that time at the border of the society. The Lord knew everything about the woman’s life and described the same to her. He revealed Himself before her, John 4:26, 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Within minutes there was a transformation in the woman. She dropped the vessel she had brought to collect water and rushed to the village to share her experience about the Saviour. 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” Through her many people in the village and the town of Samaria witnessed and believe in the Lord. The disciples later ask Jesus to eat something, to which He replies, 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” If the food He is speaking about is not us the sinners then who?????
If our own mothers come to know the depth of our sins even she too will detest to look upon us. Yet our Lord is so loving that He waits for us and leads us on the right path. God is love. He is our father and mother. When we walk from one transgression to another, He is in pain.
Psalms 78:1, 1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. These words are said by our Lord looking down from Heaven on each of us.
3. The one who accepts us: In the Old Testament and the New Testament, we read about a God who is pained by the destruction of His creation, man. Exodus 32:4, 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” The Israelites designed a golden calf for themselves. The Lord became furious, yet He forgave them. The people of Nineveh were rescued by their repentance. In the New Testament the sinful woman, the tax collector Zaccheus, and the thief at the cross had a change of heart.
The Lord narrated the parable of the Prodigal son, the Lost Sheep and the Ten coins and the like to explain how the Lord accepts those who repent from their mistakes/sins , how He seeks them and leads them to transform. We also read about Peter who withdraw or was weakened in faith while he was with Jesus. He even disowned Jesus thrice in His presence. Yet one look from the Lord broke him down. Luke 22: 61-62 , 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Dear children of God, don’t forget those eyes are looking on us as well. What is stopping you??? Don’t those eyes reach your soul???? Return to His presence like Peter. Save yourself from the fire of hell like Judas.
Isaiah 43:25, 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
1 John 3:1, 3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 1:9, 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Psalms 103:10, 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
Read these verses, reflect on them. May they lead you back to the Lord and His presence. Dear Children of God, why do you still delay to meet His embrace???????