A Simple Message
“For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
In the past weeks, we’ve discussed the themes of the Gospels; Matthew’s theme of Christ as King, Mark’s of Christ as Servant.
The Gospel of Luke has its own theme, that being Christ, Son of Man.
It’s fitting the Gospel most focused on the human interactions of Christ would be written by the physician of the Apostles.
This theme is best exemplified in the above verse where Christ’s mission is clearly stated to be the salvation of humanity.
In Chapter 5, Luke further emphasizes this mission in Verse 24: “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
The message being clear that humanity, left alone, is weak with sin and infirmity and in need of a savior.
I’ve always found this theme of Luke to be very comforting. So often in this life we are given reminders of our inherent weakness in the face of circumstances around us.
Internally we struggle with the spiritual and mental warfare Paul wrote of in Romans, Chapter 7. Externally we struggle with all manner of opposition and trial; a prime example of this is the still-ongoing COVID pandemic.
In either of these situations we humans can quickly find ourselves overwhelmed, unsure, and powerless to create meaningful solutions to the problems we face.
Here, Luke offers us great comfort in knowing that Christ is fully understanding of our internal struggles, having endured them Himself. While, more importantly, our Lord is willing and able to grant us victory over these struggles.
In Luke we find encouragement that no matter how far beyond us a problem or struggle may seem, it is never greater than the Christ within us.
By putting our faith in Christ, and allowing Him to work in and through us, we can find forgiveness, restoration, and guidance toward spiritual fulfillment; and grace to overcome any opposition we may face.
Luke reminds us that we do need a savior, and Christ is always willing to save.