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April 30, 2022 8:30 am
Evangelist Michael Bowen shares a beautiful sermon on how Jesus finds us because we are the ones who are lost. Jesus is the one trying to lead us to the light.
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This is the Truth Network and the resurrection power of Jesus Christ absently transforming and restoring my healing and making all things in this power sent Michael and the captivity darkness fell into living God. This is Jesus Christ I am likable greatly see this word love this podcast is titled that which was lost to open up with the couple scriptures. The first and be you. Chapter 19 verses one through 10 and Matthew chapter 18 verses 10 to 14 will begin a look. Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now, behold, there was a man named Zach. Yes, who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich, and he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd.
He was of short stature, so he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way and when Jesus came to the place he looked up and saw him and said to him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down for today I must stay at your house, so he made haste, and came down and received him joyfully, but when they saw they all complain saying he is gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.
Then Zacarias stood and said to the Lord. Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold Jesus said to him today salvation has come to this house because he is also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to see and to save that which was lost. Matthew 18 verses 10 through 14, take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What you think. If a man has 100 sheep. One of them goes astray, does he not leave the 99 go to the mountains to seek the one that is stray and if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the 99 that did not go astray. Even so, it is not the will of your father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish or tell you that the Scriptures just identify the mission of Jesus Christ, that he came to see and to save that which was lost in both the Scriptures, Jesus gives us clues to his purpose here on earth in Luke 19 Jesus speaking to Zach yes, who was a tax collector in Jesus time, the tax collector was thought of by the Jewish people is being simple and corrupt, they were thought of as being greedy and selfish and lovers of money and just not well thought of it all the Jewish people like Zach who became tax collectors for the evil Roman Empire redeemed traders by the rest of the people.
Tax collectors were hated and despised and really were rejected by Jewish society.
As they walk by people would murmur an endpoint to them and look down upon them and and nobody wanted to see the tax collector, coming to their house because they knew there would have to pay their taxes and MOC dues.
People thought the taxes one fair in unjust so so anyone who would take on that role of tax collector was seen as as a chief center and images interesting to me that Jesus used a chief center like this tax collector to KS to make a statement on who he came to seek he came for the center. He came for the center like you and me why or are we considered centers and I want to talk about that in Romans 323 this is for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and then again in Romans 623 we see what is the cost of that sin and assess for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord. We all have sinned you and me and we all fall short of the glory of God. We also know that the wages of sin is death and really what that they're talking about here in this death is really just separation from God. It's in our sinful nature that we are separated from God the one who created us. One of the realities of human life that we must deal with is our sin condition. We all been born into this world with an inherited sinful nature due to our first parents, Adam and Eve's disobedience to God. That disobedience was the first sin by humankind and now we all have this sin condition that that we received from them that we inherited from them do their bloodline. All humans are born into this world with this condition is because of this that Jesus came for the sinner. Jesus came for that which was lost. Jesus came for you and me to take care of our sin condition and and in the death and being separated from God to bring us back to the father in law to pay the wages for us so we do not have to the wages of death for that sin condition. Matthew 18 Jesus speaks about little children and she put gone astray in a loss here Jesus is showing us that we are God's children who are like lost sheep in a gone astray, and that he is our shepherd who is come to find us and rescue us and bring us back to God, our heavenly father for Jesus the son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil. In first John 3729.
It speaks to this and it starts off with little children says little children. Let no one deceive you, he who practices righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous, he who sins is of the devil for the Dell was sin from the beginning. For this purpose, the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever had been born of God does not sin, for his seed remains in him and he cannot sin, because he is been born of God. You see the devil or or Satan deceived Eve who convinced Adam to sin against God. They both sinned against God when when they partook of the forbidden fruit.
This separated them from God. This caused them to fall from his glory and become lost. Just like the one sheep who was lost in the shepherd left the 99 defined that one sheep you and I are that one sheep before we believe in Jesus and make him our Lord and Savior Jesus, the good Shepherd seeks for us until we are found.
Once we are found.
Jesus brings us back to God and his glory and his righteousness.
John 14 six tells us straight out in the usual words of Jesus himself. Jesus said to him, I am the way the truth and the life.
No one comes to the father except through me. John to 9 to 11. Jesus says I am the door. If when it is by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy. I've come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Isn't this wonderful, the good Shepherd Jesus he gives his life for the sheep and in exporting to when he gave his life at Calvary on the cross, when he shared his innocent blood as a propitiation of our sins so we do not have to pay the wages of sin or the cost of the sinful nature that we inherited from our first parents that that that Jesus pays those sins in that it it shows the righteousness of God are justified in God by Jesus sacrifice.
Jesus is the gift from God sent by God to save us from our sins and bring us back to his glory to be with him for eternity that not one should cherish that all will be found. That's what God does the will of God.
All will be found. Hallelujah Jesus paid our wages of sin with his death at the cross. We are redeemed by his blood was shed.
We are justified in his resurrection.
Romans four 2325, speaks to this. The justification of his sacrifice. Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us, it shall be imputed to us who believe in him.
Talk about Jesus Christ, who raised up Jesus our Lord. For the dead who was delivered up because of our fences and was raised because of our justification, we are God's children who have been lost because of sin were actually born into this fallen world lost and we desperately need to be found.
There's old saying many of us have heard that we refer to when someone begins a relationship with Jesus Christ and you can see the change in their lives when when someone is been having a destructive life and and maybe going astray in and in going the wrong way and is having a lot of problems in life and a lot of sin in their life is a total mess and all of a sudden you see them and they you notice a change in them and you're wondering why they look different or there there there the day they look like you have a sound mind, make her smile and a happy look at the things to do it in their life and until we calmly say to someone like that man. That person must've found Jesus and I'm telling you right now this is long. That person did not find Jesus. Jesus isn't the one who was lost that person was lost. Jesus is not that we don't find Jesus.
Jesus finds us because were the ones that are lost. One thing we must all realize we are the ones that are losses separated from God in our sins and Jesus is the one who was always pursuing us chasing us seeking and finding us from the time of the very first sin by Adam and Eve. God started his pursuit of that which was lost seeking that that he can find. Genesis 389 and they heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden and the Lord God called Adam and said to him, where are you see here God is, is seeking God new. Where Adam was but he wanted to chill Adam that he was calling out one that he was seeking him for Adam to come out and be found. God is always spoken through his prophets about seeking for that which was lost as he got 34, 11 to 12 set for thus says the board. Indeed, I myself will search for my cheek and seek them out as a Shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among a scattered sheep. So will I seek out my sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day and assign three, though they hide on the summit of Carmel. I will search them out and take them from their and though they conceal themselves from my side on the floor of the sea. From there I will come in the server and it will bite them.
Hallelujah as he got 34 16th.
I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away bind up the broken and strengthen what was said but I will destroy the fat strong and feed them judgment.
David also spoke about that which was lost in Psalms Psalm 119, 176 is talking. He's crying out to God, he says I've gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant Fred. Do not forget your commandment so so so David here is quite out the Lord and say Lord seek me, seek me come find me, for I am lost I gone astray.
I am lost in my sins. I turned away from your precepts. David is saying any knows that God is a seeker. Here he is, he is a man after God's own heart and he knows the word of God.
Any knows the promise of God. Any knows God pursues and in seek him so he in his desperation is is crying out to God. St. seek me, seek me come find me God. How many of us out there right now wanting to be found. We are crying out to Jesus Christ and say Lord, Lord, please comply me I I'm in trouble.
I need help I need you on lost in addiction. I'm lost in in in loneliness, I'm lost in poverty and I'm lost in in in in hurt from my past and I need you to come find me Lord I'm lost in depression in the darkness of this depression and Lord please, please, seek me, please come find me quiet. The Lord now if if you're if you can identify with that you're in a place like that and he is a seeker and he comes up for that which was lost.
David also says in verse eight where can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your presence. If I send in the heaven. You're there. I make my bed in hell, behold, are there it's showing that everywhere. David may try to run from God because of his Siena because of the shame and guilt.
He tries to run from the heart and God is there where he runs he can get away from God. God is everywhere and he's pursuing them is always there with him in and I say this to you.
God is in your lowliness.
He's in your disparities in your heart when I was in prison I was I was lost in my sandalwood prison as it is a drug addict and in the crimes are committed to get my drugs. I was a thief and I stole from people and businesses out I was in prison and this is right before I customer my life to Jesus Christ and I was sitting in the in the in the chapel in the prison chaplain.
I was standing there and there was some worship music going on and I was just crying and I didn't feel God ending the war was on, Dave, and I was like, where are you, Lord. Where are you, and I was crying and crying. I just kept that thought kept saying over and over in my mind. Where are you where are you and then I heard a whisper in my spirit and was Jesus and he said I'm in your tears and I like to just touch my heart. I was like David, no matter where I went where I was running or tried to hide in the drugs in the darkness in captivity of my addiction Jesus was there in the prison. Jesus was there. I believe I was captured by God. The day I was arrested and input net prison so I could so I could stop in and and be found by Jesus, and I tell you what I was lost but now am found I was blind but now I see the day I surrender my life to Jesus Christ in prison the day Jesus found me Lord God also speaks of that which was lost in the parables of the Gospels begin in Luke 15 in verses 4 to 7 intimate and it's referring to look to the shepherd of the sheep again.
God uses this illustration over and over and over in in in his word to give us understanding of our relationship with Jesus Christ and how that should look into what it should look like in an and in our reliance on him and in our comfort in him and are where our needs are met by Jesus Christ alone. Luke 15 verse four what man of you have an hundred sheep if he loses one of them does not leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it when he has found that he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing, and when he comes home, he called together his friends and everything in rejoicing me for I found my seat lost. I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 just persons who need no repentance. I'm here to tell you that I know that that that the angels in heaven, in heaven all the host in heaven rejoice for me when I surrender my life to Jesus Christ and the prison chapel for today and I repented of my sins. I turned away from them and I begged Jesus to save me and rescue me any did he found me in my loneliness and despair in the darkness and comfort me and he put me on his shoulders and he lifted me up and I felt his presence. I was comforted that day that they are remembered for the rest the days of my life, the day Jesus found me on the prison chaplain floor at the Texas state prison at the Travis unit in 2014 and 13, about nine years ago again in Luke 1582 to meet. He talks about in a parable about that which was lost startup or what woman having 10 silver coins. If she loses one point does not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it when she is founded she calls her friends and neighbors together same rejoice with me, for I found the piece, which I lost.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents hallelujah allow Jesus to find you today. Repent and turn away from your sins turned to Jesus Christ and and and be found once and for all. For God so loved the world he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever should believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. God wishes that none of us perish, and we must repent and turn away from that sinful nature that is been driving us away from God separating also from God and we need to repent and turn away most send them as soon as we turn away plosives. Jesus is there right there is pursuing us is pursuing you he's pursuing me every day all day is my good Shepherd. He watches over me. He takes care of me.
He provides for me. Then in Luke 15 verse 21 to 24 talks about a sinuses and the son said to him. Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, bring out the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and send funds be in bring the fatted calf here and kill it in C and be merry for this my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found began to be married is that the the parable of the prodigal son. The son who took his inheritance and ran off and squandered it and on riotous living and sinful living and just was greedy and took it in in left his family left his father and ran away in his father did not see them for years and years and years and and he was like dad to his father because he was separated from his father. It's a new duration of how we are we are separated from God in our sins, but it it it also says in there that he came to his senses that he came to himself when he found himself in the pig slop in the pigpen eating the corn. The corn husk with the pigs. What that what the big day and an anticandida senses, and I just ask us right now all come to our senses and in and in and in and received Jesus Christ turn from our sins on riotous living and come back to the father where we belong. Can only be done by believing and receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It's interesting to me that when the word of God is speaking about that which was lost to symbolisms the word of God uses the most are sheep and children. I believe that God wants to show us that we are his children that have been lost in that he has sent his son Jesus Christ to seek us to pursue us to seek us to find us to save us to rescue us and bring us back to him just as a shepherd searches for his lost sheep and brings them back to the fold on his shoulders brings us back to green pastures back to the glory of God in his presence.
How beautiful is that how beautiful of a picture in your mind can you create Jesus having a lamb over his shoulder to who was out in the wilderness where the wolves and the snakes and the and the danger is in the predators that that could kill him. And Jesus left the nine I went for that one lost sheep who was who was crying. I know you seen sheep out there and when their little lamb or something crying for his mother and the sound that it makes that's what what we are like we are crying out to God and in the shepherd heard that any went immediately to that loss sheet only crowded Jesus Christ. He cures us just like a shepherd. Here's that loss sheet and he comes for us and he takes us and he pulls us close to him what he pulled me close to him on that prison chapel floor and he love me back to life and he put me up on his shoulders and he brought me back in the presence of God because when I turned my life to Jesus Christ. That day I was broken I was a broken man. I wept and I cried was finally able to. I was on the ground on the four-line weeping and and when I was finally able to get enough strength to rise to my feet. I feel the presence of God. Psalm 23 is perfect storm or word about the shepherd and in Jesus… That we can identify with that. We can see how he takes care of us and comforts us, protects us and helps us overcome the enemies of our soul and it starts like this. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for your with me your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies you anoint my head with oil my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever why I love this. I love that that Scripture it's very popular Scripture one. A lot of people memorize" and the this is a beautiful description of relationship with the Lord is our good Shepherd who seeks that which was lost. Any find us and deliver us from sin.
They brings us back into the fold into the presence and glory of the father as he leads us each day protects us guidance and provides for us, but we walked to the battle of the Chadian shadow of death, or we could say though we walk through the valley of sin.
We shall not fear because he is with this, as he is with us.
He comforts us. He comforts that which was lost and now has been found, beautifully written by John Newton the song amazing Grace as a like this amazing Grace, how sweet the sound the same, direct, like me I once was lost but now I'm found was blind but now I see a pro right now. The God open our eyes that we may see the glory of our salvation in Jesus Christ. I pray that we all calmed and the knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are good Shepherd was const constantly and relentlessly seeking all which has been lost. I pray that we turn to Jesus and receive him, so we may come back to the father. I love you all and I pray that you too can find the freedom that I found in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ jammed his mom.
He is the one that found me when I was lost held delivery back to my God is the greatest live I've ever live living my life bless you all in Jesus name I bring. Thank you for listening. For more information on Michael Billings ministry sons and daughters of thunder visit sons and daughters of thunder.org and remember there is no addiction in Jesus Christ. Jesus breaks the chains. This is the Truth Network