Monday, May 29, 2017

Jesus Receives Sinners

“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:1).  This was meant to be a criticism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The little cliché, “Birds of a feather flock together,” would be implied by his opponents.  However, this criticism was in reality a great compliment.  The hymn writer catches the significance:

Jesus sinners doth receive; Oh, may all this saying ponder Who in sin’s delusions live  And from God and heaven wander! Here is hope for all who grieve,  Jesus sinners doth receive.

We deserve but grief and shame,  Yet His words, rich grace revealing  Pardon peace and life proclaim;  Here our ills have perfect healing.  Firmly in these words believe:  Jesus sinners doth receive.

Sheep that from the fold did stray  No true shepherd e’er forsaketh;  Weary souls that lost their way Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh  In His arms that they may live:  Jesus sinners doth receive

The Apostle Paul joyfully wrote: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).  Come to receive this Good News at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.