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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”—Luke 19:10 (NKJV)
On the morning of August 27 in the year of 1883, the world witnessed an event unparalleled in human history. At approximately 10am, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa exploded with a force never before seen. Roughly five cubic miles of molten lava were instantly ejected from the furnace that had been brewing beneath the earth’s surface, hurling particles as far as 50 miles up into the atmosphere.
Most of the island of Krakatoa was simply gone as a result, and the shockwaves produced encircled the globe seven times! The sheer sound of this event is generally considered to be the loudest noise that has ever happened. Krakatoa’s eruption was audible to the human ear three thousand miles away. To put this in perspective, that would be like living in Miami and hearing something happening in Seattle.
The power unleashed on that morning was a sobering demonstration of just how much potential power lies beneath our feet here on planet earth. But let’s take it one step further by considering that all this power, force, and energy is derived from an infinitely greater source. The earth, and everything it contains, including its subterranean engines, were brought into existence by the power of God’s Word. By simply speaking, He brought our planet as well as the entire universe into existence: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV).
If you thought the power unleashed by Krakatoa was impressive (and you should), the power we see displayed throughout the universe is utterly staggering. The sun in our solar system continuously produces about 386 billion mega-watts of power. Although it is 93 million miles away, the sun is an enormous fusion reactor powerful enough to make life possible on our earth.
Now consider our sun is relatively small when compared to the other estimated 100 billion stars in the universe. To frame that number well, there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on the earth. There’s a lot of power in the universe, and every bit of it owes its existence to the Creator who spoke it into being.
With all of this data as a backdrop, just imagine how powerful the God behind all of this must be. And imagine what happens when He determines to do something. Do you think, with all the power He possesses, that He’s able to make it happen? Of course, He is! So, what is God determined to do?
Luke tells us in the verse above. God is determined to save those who are lost—in the sense of having lost their way to God, by being alienated and estranged from Him through the presence and power in their lives. This actually speaks to the entire human race, as all men and women have been subject to sin’s influence from the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.
God is determined to save sinners. And notice how He channeled all of His power to make this happen. He did it through the act of sending His Son, Jesus—and He is not only the Son of God, but also the Son of Man, who came down to our earthly level. He did so in order to become one of us, to fully identify with the race that needed to be saved and could only be saved through Him.
Maybe you’re reading this right now and feel lost. You know you need to be saved, but doubt that’s possible. You think you’re too far gone, too far even for God, Himself, to do anything about it. But, remember His power. Look at the very earth you’re standing on and the universe that contains you. It all points to God’s power . . . a power that’s servant to His divine desire to save sinners.
Make no mistake, He is more than able to close the distance and save the lost. In fact, He already has through His Son who suffered on our behalf on the cross so our sins could be forgiven and covered. The question isn’t whether or not we can be saved, but whether or not we want to be found . . . and we are found the moment we put our faith in what God has done for us.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.