Most of us have been around long enough and soaked in enough Bible to know that when the Son of God took on flesh and entered this world in a stable / cave in Bethlehem, He came with a purpose. We immediately echo all of those verses we have learned: Jesus was born to die on the cross taking the sin and punishment of sinful men and women “to redeem [them] from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).
The atoning work of our Lord on the cross is completed. But my questions are: Is that it? Is Christ’s work here on earth finished ... did He only die to make it possible for sinners to be reconciled to the Father? Or is there more to it than that?
The Bible is very clear—there’s a whole lot more! Christ was and is, through the Holy Spirit, actively pursuing and saving those for whom He died. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10)—not just to make it possible for men to be saved. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, as Luke records in chapter 15, who leaves the 99 behind and goes after the 1 that is lost. When Christ finds that sheep, placing it on his shoulders, as it were, he returns home with great joy with his possession.
Our Savior is not up in heaven right now passively fretting over His lost creation. Isaiah records a powerful question being asked by the Lord: “…Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver” (Isa. 50:2)? No, Christ is able and will draw all people (obviously not “all” people; rather all kinds—genders, nationalities, etc.) from each generation to himself.
Let’s rejoice during this Christmas season in our loving Savior who came in the form of a man to secure our salvation! Let’s also labor with Him in this great work of rescuing.