MARCH 17, 2019 THE DAILY FOUNTAIN ANGLICAN DEVOTIONAL - TOPIC: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST

MARCH 17, 2019 THE DAILY FOUNTAIN  ANGLICAN DEVOTIONAL  - TOPIC: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST 



THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)

DATE: SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019.
(Lent 2) 

TOPIC: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST

READ: LUKE 15:1-10
1. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

2. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3. So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4.“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5. And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7. I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
8.“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
9. And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’
10. Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

THE MESSAGE:
The ministry of Jesus is a special one rooted in love and concern for lost souls. It cuts across every group of people on earth: the rich and poor, educated and uneducated, privileged and less privileged, sinners and saints, etc. This was different from the practice of the Jewish religious sects of His day who avoided the tax collectors and sinners.
The parable of the lost sheep and coin which we read of are one and the same central message. They both place the highest value on the redemption of man's soul. The shepherd who loses one sheep out of one hundred sheep, leaves the rest to look for the lost one.
When he eventually finds it, he rejoices with his friends over it. In the same vein, when a sinner repents, heaven rejoices for the devil has lost his faithful one.

Concerning Jesus’ ministry, he said the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10). Salvation of souls is of first priority in Christ's ministry because of its eternal value. Are you saved? Today some ministers have shifted emphasis to material things. This ought not to be so. Christians must place soul winning above all other things.


PRAYER: Lord please make me an active soul winner.
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