Nothing Lost

“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light (Mark 4:22).”

On the morning August 15th in 1942, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin set out up a Swiss mountain to feed their cows near their Swiss village of Les Diablerets. (1) It was the first time that Francine had attempted to cross the glacier which separated their home from the grazing land. The couple never returned from their chores that morning, leaving behind seven children. Searches were conducted for weeks to no avail.

Just a few weeks ago a ski resort worker discovered their mummified bodies which the glacier had finally surrendered after 75 years. It is believed that they had fallen into a crevasse where they remained for decades. (2) DNA testing has made positive identification. Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, 79, was 4 years old at the time her parents disappeared said that the discovery “gives me a deep sense of calm.”

After 75 there is now closure for the two surviving siblings. But how many other mysterious disappearances are there that have never been resolved? Will we ever learn what truly became of Amelia Earhart? Did D.B. Cooper survive his jump from a highjacked airliner and spend his ransom undetected by authorities. And will we someday learn the fate of those 239 souls aboard that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 or are all of these people lost forever?

They are not lost forever, although men may not discover their dispositions until the judgement. “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13).” Nothing is lost from God’s sight which sees every sparrow that falls (Matthew 10:29). Even the “lost” Ark of the Covenant isn’t really lost to Him (Revelation 11:19). One day all of those “lost” souls will arise and be gathered before the judgment seat (Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10). John wrote that, “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works (Revelation 20:13).” Their body’s final resting place was never hidden from God but their souls, if lost previously, may have perhaps remained in that state.

Sometimes we become really good at hiding things so that others never discover them. We can hide our hurts from even those closest to us. But they aren’t hidden from Him (Psalm 38:9). He has counted your every tear drop (Psalm 56:8). Sometimes we are even masters at hiding our sins so that they are beyond anyone else’s observation. It is utter self-deception to believe that we can hide these from His all-seeing eye however (Psalm 94:7).

As long as we attempt to hide our sin we are lost. Jesus demonstrated that God loves to take lost things and make them found again with three parables in Luke 15. One lost sheep found was the cause of great celebration (v.5-6). Jesus makes the application that there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 who have no need (v.7). Then a woman loses a silver coin and when it is found she rejoices. Jesus again focuses on the rejoicing in the presence of the angels over one sinner who repents (v.10). On such occasions, we may often say that, “Angels are rejoicing in heaven.” Surely they are, but are we missing the greater focus of God’s rejoicing “in their presence” in such a moment? Lest we should miss that God Himself rejoices over recovery of the lost, Jesus finishes with the parable of the Prodigal Son, and reports the father saying, “For your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found (Luke 15:32).” God loves to restore souls that were lost and desire to be found.

Perhaps you have been hiding your sin from God. Please understand that such efforts can only fail. No one can hide from God, but you can hide in Him (Zephanaiah 2:3, Colossians 3:3). It is the safest and most comforting hiding place of all. He is seeking you and knows your hiding place (Psalm 119:176, Ezekiel 34:16).

“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).”


Billy Alexander is a member of the church of Christ in Jersey Village in Houston, TX. He and his wife Gwen both work at Hewlett-Packard where they met and have worked more than 25 years each. Billy enjoys teaching Bible several times each week at Jersey Village and Memorial church of Christ. Since 2008, his weekly article "Equipping the Saints" as run in the Jersey Village bulletin.