“For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
The “lost” includes every single human being that was ever born. Therefore Jesus came to save ALL who place their faith in Him and His bloodshed for the forgiveness of their sins. No one is excluded from receiving Him by faith, the choice is on the part of every individual to accept the free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) and spend eternity in heaven, or reject it and spend eternity in hell.
As God’s children, we have the privilege of taking the good news of the gospel to the yet unsaved. It is our natural inclination to be spend time around those who know Jesus as Savior, but Jesus reminds us in this verse of just why He came to this world in the first place. He came to save the lost. So, we should not just keep to ourselves as Christians, but reach out to the lost and show them the love of Christ in our lives.
However, I am not suggesting that as Christians we surround ourselves with ungodly people. As always, we must look at Jesus’ life, He witnessed to many ungodly people, He ate with them, spent time with them, talked at length with them, and counseled them, but His close friends and “inner circle” were believers.
This is exactly how we are to conduct ourselves as well. We should not have close personal friends that live ungodly lives, there are many warnings in Scripture about that, but we must interact with the unsaved so we can share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
This is a fine line to walk. I have seen some really well-meaning Christians who were only trying to help some unsaved “friends” in their life come to know Jesus, and got caught up in the sinful ways of the very person they were trying to help! It is crucial to keep a godly network of people in our lives who can pray for us and support us with a good dose of accountability when we are in the situation of spending a lot of time around an ungodly person. We still have that old nature in us that can very easily get caught up in the wicked ways of this world if we are not extremely careful by staying in close communication with God through His Word and much prayer.
This verse is very short and quite profound, Christ came to seek and to save the lost. Praise His name for all the love He has shown by providing the only way to God through His sacrifice on the cross!
If you would like to read some verses on salvation here are a few to look up:
Ephesians 2:8-9, John 5:24, Romans 10:9-13, 1 John 1:7, and 1 Peter 1:18-19.
Thank You Jesus for coming to this earth and for shedding Your precious blood for the forgiveness of my sins. I pray that if there are those reading this today that do not know You as Savior that they would place their faith in You right now and enjoy an eternity with You instead of an eternity that is separated from You in hell. I love You so my Redeemer and my Deliverer, and I praise You this day, Amen!
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: