For Monday August 15, 2022:
LOST BUT NOT ABANDONED
Luke 2:10 (NKJV)
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”
The announcement of the birth of Christ came as a sunburst of joy to a world where grief and pain are known to all and joy comes rarely and never tarries long.
The joy the angel brought to the awestruck shepherds was not to be a disembodied wisp of religious emotion, swelling and ebbing like the sound of an aeolian harp in the rising and falling of the wind. Rather it was and is a state of lasting gladness resulting from tidings that there was born in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. It was an overflowing sense of wellbeing that had every right to be there.
Man is lost but not abandoned. The coming of Christ to the world tells us both of these things.
Had men not been lost no Savior would have been required. Had they been abandoned no Savior would have come. But He came, and it is now established that God has a concern for men. Though we have sinned away every shred of merit, still He has not forsaken us. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10).