Yes, Jesus “The Son of Man has come to seek out and to give life to those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10b TPT)
The lost: those who are ruined, destroyed, rendered useless, missing eternal life, broken, marred, scarred, and hurting.
To save: deliver, protect, rescue from danger or destruction, restore to health, deliver one who is suffering, to make one whole.
He comes, offering restoration to all who suffer.
In those times when we hurt as if someone kicked us in the chest – with spiked heels, no less – what do we do?
Many times, we hide. We retreat. We crawl into the fetal position and pull the covers over our head. We shut the door of our heart. Just when we need the Lord the most.
He stands at the threshold of our heart, extending restoration. He knocks, but instead of welcoming Him in, we retreat to that secret place of hiding we have built for those times when the world’s (and the enemy’s) attacks are too overwhelming.
He wants to join us behind those closed doors. He wants to sit with us in the dark shadows of our hurt and pain, to bring the light of His Word into those shadows, to bring His rest into our situation, to whisper His nurturing words of healing to our brokenness, to sit across the table from us and share the meal of communion.
Biblical hospitality is called breaking bread. It signifies sharing fellowship at a meal, or, as it was called back then, the bread of fellowship. It bound two people together in the strongest ties of friendship, as in covenant.
Jesus seeks our hospitality, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door… I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me…and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Rev. 3:20 NKJV, TLB, NLT)
But we turn Him away.
Jesus seeks to carry the burdens we’ve tried to carry alone. He comes offering His comfort in exchange for our hardship, His peace in exchange for our crashing-wave circumstances, His strength in exchange for our frailties, His joy in exchange for our sorrows and tears.
We don’t recognize His presence.
As Jesus stood one day looking over Jerusalem, He wept and said they “did not recognize the time when God visited you.” (Luke 19:44 CSB)
Do we recognize His visits? Do we throw open that gate of our heart, raising our arms to welcome and worship Him?
Have you closed the door of your heart to Him, yet you yearn for Him to wave His hands of peace over your tempestuous situation and rebuke the ravaging winds? Do you long to hear His voice over the crashing waves say, “Peace, be still”?
He knows your disappointments, He knows your heartache. He knows you are marred, scarred, and hurting. He waits for you to slow down from your work-filled and schedule-filled days. He waits for you to sit at His feet and listen to Him. He so longs to give you all you need.
Therefore, He knocks. He calls. And He waits to restore you.
Softly comes His footfall to your doorstep, yearning for an open door. Will you recognize Him and let Him in?
Blessings of restoration to you…Lynn