Torrey - Christ -4.4- Christ's Love for Souls

IV. JESUS CHRIST'S LOVE FOR SOULS. Luke 19:10 — "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

First Proposition: The Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.

This was the great object of His earthly mission, not to receive honor nor to accumulate wealth nor to gain a kingdom. He left behind greater glories than the world contained. He came to save the lost. Lost men were of more value in His sight than all earth's wealth and glory. A single soul was of priceless value. Each soul had this value in His sight, not only the soul of the philosopher and the saint, but the soul of the savage and of the outcast. John 4:6-7,10 — -"Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink .... Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldst have asked him, and he would have given thee living water."

Second Proposition: Jesus Christ was ever on the watch for opportunities to save perishing souls.

We see this again in John 9:35 — "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" We also see it in Mark 2:4-5 — "And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." "He made use of His miracles as stepping-stones to reach the soul." (Stalker: "Imago Christi"; p. 231.)

Similarly, we ought to take every opportunity to perform acts of kindness. Luke 15:4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?"

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ pursued lost souls.

He not only watched for and welcomed opportunities when they came, He sought opportunities. He not only received the lost when they came to Him, He pursued them. A true love for souls will always reveal itself in taking the initiative to pursue people and bring them into the Kingdom of God. John 4:32-34 "But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him aught to eat?Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

Fourth Proposition:Jesus Christ found His joy and satisfaction in saving lost souls.

In this work He forgot weariness, hunger, thirst, and found joy and refreshment for His body. Mark 3:20-21 — "And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread, and when his friends heard of it they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself." Jesus so lost himself in His work that He neglected the ordinary needs of his body and His friends said, "He is beside himself." Luke 15:5-7 — "And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."

Fifth Proposition:Jesus Christ rejoiced with great joy over lost souls found.

As a shepherd rejoices over the sheep he finds that had gone astray; as the woman rejoices over the found coin she lost from her marriage necklace; as the gold-hunter rejoices over the great nugget of gold that he digs from the rock; as the merchantman seeking goodly pearls rejoices over the one pearl of great price — thus (and infinitely more) Jesus rejoices over a lost soul found. John 5:40 — "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." Luke 19:41-42 — "And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." Matthew 23:37 — "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"

Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ grieved over lost souls that refused to be saved.

No woman ever grieved over her stolen jewels, no mother over a lost child as Jesus grieved over lost individuals who refused to be saved. No words can picture the agony that shot through the heart of Jesus Christ when people refused to come to him that they might have life. John 10:11 — '2 am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." Matthew 20:28 — "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ gladly laid down His life to save souls.