For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
In America, it’s called “lost and found.” In Great Britain, “lost property.” And in Canada, “lost articles.” More than just a phrase, these are usually designated places in a facility or building where lost articles are collected and can be retrieved. The first modern lost and found office was organized by Napoleon in Paris in 1805. Its purpose was to collect all objects found on the streets of Paris and make them available to their owners.
Lost and found might also be an appropriate way to describe the theme of the Bible. Ever since Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden, humanity has been lost. Thankfully, as soon as the predicament of lostness was realized, God put in place a means of finding lost humanity and reconciling them to Himself. He sent Jesus Christ to the world “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Some people today feel lost but don’t know why. Others don’t believe they are lost at all. The Church’s mission is to declare not only man’s lost condition but also God’s rescue mission to find us and bring us home.
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. John Newton, “Amazing Grace”
Luke 19:1-10 – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies