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Lost and Found

If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus, you do not know Him. You were so lost that nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. As Jesus stooped for you, bow in humility at His feet... Pride cannot live beneath the cross. - C.H. Spurgeon

As Jesus’ earthly days drew to a climactic conclusion, He headed toward Jerusalem. Passing through Jericho, He encountered two people who desperately needed His help.

First, He met a blind beggar. This poor man depended on the gifts of kindhearted strangers to survive day to day. Hearing that Jesus was passing by the man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus asked a simple, yet pointed question: “What do you want me to do for you?” The frantic response was, “Lord, I want to see!” To his elation and the astonishment of the crowd, the man received his sight. (Luke 18:38-43).

Second, a short, wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus – who prospered by supporting the Roman occupiers and charging excessive taxes – climbed a tree to get a look at Jesus. Jesus engaged him as well, and Zacchaeus’s life was radically changed.

Jesus summarized the encounters and restated His mission statement: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:1-10) Whether destitute or wealthy, dependent on others or self-reliant, we all need Jesus. His journey to Jerusalem was to seek and to save all of us who are lost.


Dan Bolin

Author & President

Refueling in Flight Ministries


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