OPERATION-   SEEK  AND  SAVE THE LOST


THE GLORIOUS MISSION OF JESUS


On a pleasant day morning when Jesus was passing through Town of Jericho, He met Zacchaeus, the Chief Tax Collector and a rich man, who wanted to see Jesus. But Jesus found him hiding on a Sycamore Tree. Zacchaeus was happy to receive Him and Jesus visited his house. In this context, Jesus declared His mission on earth “To seek and save the lost”. Jesus said, “ For the son of man came to seek and to save the lost”(Luke 19:10).


What did Jesus mean by the words, “To seek and save the lost”? Jesus spoke these words as a totally symbolic and important concept of His mission on earth. Though He used these allegorical words in the context of Zacchaeus, the infamous and greedy Tax Collector of Jericho, He was ironically referring to the sole purpose of His incarnation “to seek and save the humanity lost in sin.”


LOST AND NOT FOUND:


As many of us are aware, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) suffered a major setback and loss when GSAT-6A, the latest Communication Satellite was declared lost its link with Ground Control Mission on 1st April,2018, within 2 days of its launch from ISRO’s, Sriharikota Range (SHAR Centre) on 29th March 2018. However, the Top Team of Scientists of ISRO did not abandon it as such and went on a hectic search mission ‘to search and save the satellite’. Even though ISRO lost the communication link, the satellite is not missing. According to the ISRO Scientists even now, it is orbiting and passing over the earth’s outer space once in every 90 minutes at a speed of 28,000 Km/hour. Since the solar power system is functioning, it may remain alive for a prolonged time. In the same manner, Jesus told the most religious Jewish Rabbis, the Scribes and Pharisees of His day that they have lost the link with God. He conveys the same message to all of us to-day. Millions of people are leading a happy life, blissfully, unaware of the loss of their link with the Creator.


The system failure of GSAT-6 Satellite gives us great insight into the theme of declaration of Jesus ‘To seek and save the lost’. Jesus publicly declared Zacchaeus the richest man in Jericho as the lost person. Along with him Jesus declared the whole mankind as lost in sin. Despite his worldly success, Zacchaeus had lost his communication link with God and was living in his own orbit according to his will and desires. Leading a life without a continuous link with God, the creator and giver of life, is the lost stage of mankind. The mission of Jesus on earth was to re-establish our lost link with Almighty God.


HOLY SPIRIT, OUR SOURCE OF POWER :


It is not yet clear about the exact reason for the Satellite failure, though several news agencies reported about the problems in the power system due to the short circuit on the instrumentation and communication system of ISRO’s satellite. The power failure caused the loss of telemetry and the ISRO can longer obtain the scientific data about its on board with high-tech electronic and communication equipments. The Holy Spirit is our on board power system that links us with God. God communicates with us through His Holy Spirit given in our hearts. Look at the amazing words of Jesus,” But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).It is a fact that may people are not sensitive to Holy Spirit and continuously ignore the signals from God. As a result, they no longer reach the Orbit God has destined for them.


The 2-Ton GSAT-6A Satellite was built at a cost of Rs 270 Crores with an estimated life- span of 10-12 years. The ISRO expected that the GSAT-6A would complement GSAT-6 launched in 2015 in the field of advanced communications. It was meant to significantly amplify two- way communication signals strength for the Defence Forces personnel in remote areas where small hand held devices like remote sensing GPS or a camera trap, which can be used instead of large receiving station. But all these experiments are shattered and it may end as solar debris. God has planned us to reflect His glory on earth as His image bearers (Genesis 1:26). But when we lose our communication link with God, we move in self imposed orbits pursuing goals, which we feel are important. Like Zacchaeus, we may be rich, happy and successful in our earthly life, but totally unaware of our lost condition or the noble purposes for which we exist. What happens when we live in a ‘lost state’? The impact of our lost state is the root cause of all evil in this world. It is manifested in multiple ways like custodial death of prisoners, the neglect of sick and elderly people in our homes or in the family fighting. It is significant to look at the warning by our Lord to his disciples “They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me” (John16:3).


OPERATION - “SEEK AND SAVE THE LOST”:


According to the ISRO scientists, it is expected that GSAT-6A Satellite may end up simply as a revolving piece of solar debris and may disintegrate in the vast outer space. But ISRO has not given up its hope and is taking the help of other Space Agencies including NASA and ESA. It is encouraging to note that the Scientists are still inspired by the past experience in regaining the lost satellites.


The Russian Scientists saved a satellite recently with which it had lost its link in December 2017. Even if the ISRO may give up its hope of regaining GSAT-6A after several attempts, yet God will never give up His efforts to seek and save any one of us. Jesus has highlighted the “ Seek and save the lost” operation of God through the parable of the lost sheep. Look at the pragmatic example of Jesus as recorded by St Luke, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lot sheep until he finds it? (Luke 15:4). When every human effort failed, God sent His son Jesus to lead the rescue operation to seek and save the lost. Jesus paid the price on the cross by His crucifixion. But the pain Jesus endured was nothing, as compared to the joy of saving the lost. It is interesting to note the merciful words of Jesus about the joy of finding the lost sinner,” I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the Angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7).


Dear friends, God is eagerly waiting for each one of us to respond to His signals through the Holy Spirit within us. Let us examine and introspect ourselves whether “Are we sensitive to recognize and respond to God’s signals?