“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”Luke 15:32
I recently lost my favorite water bottle at a church event. It’s funny how such a small thing can feel so important. I searched high and low for that bottle, sent an email to the church, and returned the following day to search for it myself. I was about to give up on it when my wife received a call from the church saying they had indeed found a water bottle. When I went back a couple days later, I was thrilled to find it was mine. The first thought that came to mind was, “Once was lost but now is found.”
You may have had a similar experience at some time. Do you remember the delight you felt when your wallet or necklace or other material item was returned? Now magnify that joy a thousand or more times. That describes the elation of the father in Jesus’ lost son parable. And it is only a glimmer of God’s joy that abounds because He has found you and me!
Regardless of your social status, your title or occupation, or what country you live in, if you are in Christ Jesus, once you were lost and now you are found.
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound/ That saved a wretch like me!/ I once was lost, but now am found;/ Was blind, but now I see.” (John Newton, 1779)