“Lost and Found”

 

Last summer, a fascinated blockbuster movie “Finding Nemo” caught much attention of viewers all around the world. The story begins in the Great Barrier Reef, Eden of the oceans, where Nemo a clownfish lives a happy and well-protected life with his father Marlin. Due to his disobedience, he swims beyond the Reef and is captured by diver. Nemo is brought to the city and eventually to live a life as a captive in a small fish tank of a Sydney dentist. His situation seems hopeless. Driven by the passion of love, his father Marlin, teamed up with Bruce the white pointer, Dory the blue tang and Nigel the pelican, charge on an underwater rescue from the Reef to Sydney. Through all kinds of dangers, Marlin risks his life to save his son and Nemo is finally reunion with his father and return to the Reef. This story has many related messages to the Gospel of Salvation.

 

We once belonged to God like Nemo lived happily with his father

Like Nemo, we mankind once belonged to God the Father and the Creator of this beautiful world. God created us in His image and according to likeness. By His sovereign grace, He entrusted us to rule over and enjoy this world.  (Genesis 1:26)

 

Our disobedience led us separated from God like Nemo

Nemo disobeyed his father. He moved beyond the limit of the Reef, caught and separated from his father. It is because of our stubbornness and foolishness; we violate God’s standards and move beyond the moral and spiritual limit. We sin against God by our disobedience. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

 

We are hopeless and cannot save ourselves

Nemo stayed in a small fish tank as a captive. He could not save himself from the hopeless situation. We all lose in sins and keep as hostages of sins. We cannot save ourselves from the control of sins, death and Satan. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

 

Driven by love God came to rescue us

Due to the father’s love, Marlin risked his life and made all effort to save his lost son Nemo. Jesus the Son of God came to this world as Man and rescued us from the control of sins, death and Satan. He died for us on the cross as a substitute so that we can be freed. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

 

Nemo took a step of faith

In order to get saved, Nemo took a leap of faith from the fish tank and finally found by his father. With the great salvation prepared by God, we also need a step of faith so that we can be saved. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

 

By: Daniel To