But thank God, the Bible also teaches the Son of Man (Christ) came to seek and save that which was lost. Christ is God, wrapped in humanity, reaching out to man to rescue him. Sin cuts man off, producing a state of spiritual restlessness, purposelessness, deprivation, fearfulness, and shame. Christ, however, by His sinless life, vicarious death on the Cross, and bodily resurrection from the dead saves Adam's race.

Still, there's a dire warning for the wise here. It's not enough to simply believe these matters are true with one's head. Arthur E. Holt in Christian Roots of Democracy once admonished: "The sense of being lost doesn't make a man a Christian. It only proves he is a man."

A personal decision to trust Christ alone for salvation is necessary. To realize one's lostness is to realize one's helplessness to save one's self. There must be an abandonment of every effort to affect a self-redemption by various good works, which are always insufficient, or a supposed redemption by some other religious personage or dogma. Christ must be called upon in prayer and relied upon in life as the only Savior.

In a sermon titled "What It Means to be Lost," Dr. W.A. Criswell, the legendary pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dallas, noted: "One time I read that if the world were one vast circle of granite, and a little bird came here to sharpen his beak once every thousand years, when the whole earth had been worn away, one second of eternity will have passed. Our minds cannot enter into God's endless eternity. Lost forever and ever and ever, no opportunity again, no second chance. Dying lost without Christ, without hope, without God. O Lord, how tragic!"

Indeed, how tragic!


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