10th January 2019

The Way Home!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Luke 19:10 (NLT)

I got lost recently travelling home from a friend’s house; unfortunately, it was dark and right in the middle of the evening rush hour, which didn’t help. Perhaps we have all experienced that kind of situation? I was alone in the car and peering into the darkness, hoping to find a sign that would tell me exactly where I was and hopefully point the way home.

I didn’t find a sign but saw a car parked in a layby, I parked behind it got out and knocked on the window, the young lady lowered the window and I apologised for the intrusion and asked for the way home. She actually got out and gave me very precise information about how to find the motorway! I got home! In my thoughts I refer to her as “The Way Home Angel!” What a relief, what a moment of pure joy to be putting my key into the front door lock and letting all the stress and strain fade away!

Being lost is being blind to the way—it’s a very scary place to be and, unless someone comes close to show us the way, we stay lost! You know, there is a great Being called the Way; his name is Jesus. Before his crucifixion he began to prepare his disciples for his imminent death, talking about going away, but reassuring them that some day he will be back to collect them (John 14:1-6). He tells them that they know the way to where he is going and in verse 5, Thomas, one of the twelve, says, “’No, we don’t know, Lord,’ Thomas said. ‘We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?’” Jesus replies, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” The Message Bible puts it this way; “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life; no one gets to the Father apart from me!”

Jesus is the Way home to the Father, he is the signpost illuminated in the dark in the midst of our lost state; he is the car parked in front of us with all the information we need to be safely on our way home; he is the one who drains away all our stress and strain and gives us confidence for our journey. He also promises to be with us on our journey as we read in Matthew 28:20.

John Newton’s hymn Amazing Grace, says it gracefully: “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see!” Jesus came for a specific purpose—to seek and save those who are lost; to pick them up and carry them home—how’s that for a plan? Someone is actually looking for us!

Thank you, Lord, that you come and look for us when we are blind and lost!

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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