May 10, 2018: Jesus Friend of Sinners

Mark 10:21 (NIV)
21  Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew 23:37-39 (NIV)
37  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
38  Look, your house is left to you desolate.
39  For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”

 

There is a lot of talk in our day about the elective purposes of God.  Some say that God only loves the elect that he has chosen before time began and they will present their verses that would seem to support such a belief.  While I hold to the absolute sovereignty of God I also hold that all of Scripture has to be considered when making any claim.

In our two texts for today, we see the Savior of the world looking at the rich young ruler, who refused to make the commitment that Jesus called him to make and yet we read, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

When he rebukes the Jews in Jerusalem for failing to see the day of his arrival he says, “Jerusalem Jerusalem.”  These are not the words of one who has already written them off and decided to love only his elect, these are the words of one who held at his hands all day long to a stubborn stiff-necked and rebellious people longing for them to turn and come to him

Perhaps you have felt sometime in the passed or possibly even in the present that you have done far too much wrong for God to love you.  Take heart dear saint, the blood of our Savior is enough to cleanse from every sin and to purify us from every spot or blemish.

This God who elects many to be in his family is right now calling all who will repent and turn to him that he would gather you under his protective shelter and care for you.  Still can’t believe it read on.

Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
18  Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Our God will continue to call to all who have sinned and fallen short of his glory until our last breath is gone.  If you are breathing right now you still have time to turn to him and find in him everything you have ever needed and more.

He truly is the friend of sinners,

 

 

Pastor Phil

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