I once knew someone who had a dream of making a cat house, a sanctuary for stray cats. Well I it came to mind all of the sudden that in a way, this is what God has in mind for his strays.
Jesus said, ” 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10 –
He also spoke to His disciples before His hour came to atone for the sins of the World and it’s strays,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:17-18 )
Jesus knew these people were helpless, he saw them as “sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34)
Yet the way some people are found pf stray cats, God to must have compassion on His creature, human beings.
Though human beings are not to lovely, they claw, they hiss, they flee from their maker not understanding who he is. Like ferrel cats that claw and hiss as one may try to rescue it, so often the lost fearful soul that does not recognize God for His love and grace may too fight against efforts to capture them.
Once when I was around 17 or so, my sister brought home a cat she found at a Walmart. We named him cinco.
Well one night Cinco somehow got into the vent that has an opening on one end in my sisters room and another in my room. I woke up that night to frantic cat meows, and discovered Cinco had fallen down and was trapped in the vent. The vent cover to my sisters room had been taken off, so he had somehow managed to fall into it and get trapped.
I had a set of tools, and unscrewed the cover of my side of the vent and set him free. Cinco took a fondness to me that day on and we were close as could be.
Yet this is to what our Savior does for us, we do not know how desperately we need Him until we finally realize how trapped we are in our sins and foolish ways. Jesus came to set the captives free!
We see Jesus on several occasions show compassion to people suffering. The religious leaders who showed little compassion for people, even they seemed to have compassion on their animals.
7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Matthew 12:7-12 –
When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” Luke 13:12-16
We live in a time where animals are often more loved by people then people love each other. Yet Jesus has compassion on both, Jesus does not just discard His care for man and woman because we sin, but rather He comes to set us free and show this Love.
Because it is true of us all
For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25 –
What happens every time Jesus Christ adopts by His grace a new stray?
4 “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 lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:4-7)
Praise God for his richness and mercy! Praise God he has more concern for us then we have for ourselves even. He knows we are not truly fulfilled with the ticks of guilt and the fleas of our shame and ways that don’t work for us. So he comes to save us!