Good morning, friends. Today’s quote comes from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Luke 19, the story of Zaccheus, and specifically verse 10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
What Christ had done to make [Zaccheus], in particular, a happy man, was consonant to the great design and intention of his coming into the world, v. 10. With the same argument he had before justified his conversing with publicans, Matt. ix. 13. There he pleaded that he came to call sinners to repentance; now that he came to seek and save that which was lost, to apololos–the lost thing. Observe, (1.) The deplorable case of the sons of men: they were lost; and here the whole race of mankind is spoken of as one body. Note, The whole world of mankind, by the fall, is become a lost world: lost as a city is lost when it has revolted to the rebels, as a traveller is lost when he has missed his way in a wilderness, as a sick man is lost when his disease is incurable, or as a prisoner is lost when sentence is passed upon him. (2.) The gracious design of the Son of God: he came to seek and save, to seek in order to saving. He came from heaven to earth to seek that which was lost (which had wandered and gone astray), and to bring it back (Matt. xviii. 11, 12), and to save that which was lost, which was perishing, and in a manner destroyed and cut off. Christ undertook the cause when it was given up for lost: undertook to bring those to themselves that were lost to God and all goodness. Observe, Christ came into this lost world to seek and save it. His design was to save, when there was not salvation in any other. In prosecution of that design, he sought, took all probable means to effect that salvation. He seeks those that were not worth seeking to; he seeks those that sought him not, and asked not for him.
And here are a few items of interest from around the web:
- LSU Professor James Stoner writes at Public Discourse on defending economic liberty.
- Douglas LeBlanc provides a wonderful example from the reporting of The Nation of the frustrations of journalists who understand religion when they confront those who do not.
- Over at the University Bookman you’ll find an interesting interview with Christine Rosen, senior editor of The New Atlantis, on Technology and Ethics.
- If one of your resolutions for the new year was to re-read the entire Bible with friends, you may find Tim Chester’s flexible Bible reading plan a good way to do so.
As a regular part of our schedule here at Civitate, we link to items of interest around the Christian and academic blogosphere. If you would like to submit a link for consideration, feel free to contact us at thecity [at] hbu.edu.