“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10, NKJV).
This verse makes an impossible claim. If you look at the Greek, you will see why. The original word translated “lost” here is apollumi. It means “destroyed, ruined, broken beyond repair.” Jesus was actually claiming that He could save that which was beyond saving. That He could repair that which was beyond repairing. Yes, impossible. The astonishing news, however, is that He specializes in exactly this kind of impossible!
Let’s excavate another word from this verse. What is it exactly that Jesus intends to do with those lives that are broken beyond repair? Save them. The word “save” here in Greek is sozo. Sozo’s connotation is the exact opposite of apollumi’s. To sozo a person is to heal, preserve, deliver, and prosper him. To sozo someone is to make him whole.
Jesus came to the earth to sozo us. He came to deliver our ruined souls from the devil’s grasp. He came to make whole that which had been utterly destroyed. The power for such a mighty salvation is available to you right now through the precious blood that He shed for us.
Is there an area of your life that seems to be broken beyond repair? His blood is more than enough for your own personal sozo experience. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond His saving strength. If you put what is shattered into His enormous, loving, omnipotent hands, He will masterfully restore it to His creation design. This is exactly what He came to do. This is exactly the reason He left Heaven and took on flesh capable of enduring Calvary’s nails.
Is there something inside you that right now is crying out for His saving, healing touch? Give voice to that cry! Invite Him to come into the hurting place. Listen as His Spirit urges you today, “Please do not settle for anything less than My full restoration! I yearn to sozo you. I paid the entire price necessary to make you whole. It is finished! Come unto Me. Receive the gift that I long to give you…”
Has God restored something in your life that humanly speaking was beyond repair? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!