“We had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32
The English language uses word order to carry a lot of meaning. For example listen to the following sentences: Nathaniel kicks the ball. The ball kicks Nathaniel. Both sentences use the same words, but mean entirely different things due to the location of the subject, object, and verb.
Word order is important because it shows the difference between the actor and the recipient. The order is also important in the Christian Faith. John reminds us that Love begins with God. We love because God first loved us. Paul shows that God is the doer of salvation. For it is by grace you have been saved. David describes the truth that God is the one who leads us to green pastures and still waters. Throughout the Scriptures God is seen as the do-er and we are the receiver.
Another grammar device used in the English language is called the passive voice. When I do something I use the active voice. When something is done to me I use the passive voice. “I run over the fence” is a much different picture than, “I am run over by the clown on the unicycle.”
Luke 15 puts us into the passive position when Jesus shares three stories about being lost and found. The lost coin is found. The lost sheep gets carried home by the shepherd. The lost son is welcomed home. He was DEAD, but is alive again. Only God can do this!
There is nothing you can do to get closer to God. He comes to you. There is nothing you can do to find God. He finds you. There is nothing you can do to be more alive. He makes you alive. There is nothing you can do to impress God. He loved you first.
Rest assured that God is doing His thing, and there is nothing more you have to do! That’s Good News!
Dear Jesus, Thank you for doing it all for me! Amen.