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Friend of sinners!
Did you ever think that a doctor behaves very strangely? He comes into the area where you live and only goes to the home that other people try to avoid! He only goes where there is sickness! Does he love diseases? Does he want to get sick? Of course not! We all know that he comes with his knowledge and skill to try to help the sick.
But when the greatest Doctor ever,
the Lord Jesus Christ , went among those He had come to help and save many people thought it strange. "The Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.'"
They were thinking, if Jesus is the holy person He claims to be why would He want to be with such sinful people?
Jesus told them this parable of a shepherd who, instead of being with his sheep, was out where you would be more likely to find wild animals!
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?"
Those religious leaders would have easily understood why the shepherd had gone into unpleasant places; and yet they didn't want to believe that Jesus had come "to seek and to save what was lost."
and that was why He was often with them!
How is a lost sinner "saved"? The sinner must realise his or her need to be saved from the punishment and power of sin and know that only Jesus can save from sin. To all who receive Jesus as their Priest and Saviour by faith, to those who believe in His name, He gives the right to become children of God.
If you put your trust in Jesus the Saviour to forgive your sins and keep you from sin you will be saved and become a child of God!
In Jesus' parable what happens when the lost sheep is found by the shepherd? "He joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home." This is a picture of the one who repents and believes
- the one who wants to be rescued from his or her sin and sinful ways and asks Jesus to do that for them. That person will be saved and kept by Jesus, and Jesus promises to get that person safely home to Heaven.
Jesus went on to tell how the shepherd calls his friends and neighbours together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep." Then Jesus said, "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."
So, you see, Jesus is the Friend of sinners because He wants to forgive and save those who will repent. But those who refuse to repent and believe in Him now will not know Him as their Friend on the day of judgement. For them He will be their Judge who will have to put them away from Him forever.
Read of Him as the Friend of sinners in Luke chapter 15, verses 1-7.
To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.
Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 See Luke 5:31-32.
2 Luke 15:1-2.
3 Luke 15:3-4.
4 Luke 19:10. 1st Timothy 1:15-17. 1st John 4:14.
5 See John 1:12-13.
6 Romans 10:13. Ephesians 1:3-8.
7 Acts 20:21.
8 John 10:27-30. 1st Peter 1:3-9.
9 Luke 15:6.
10 Matthew 25:31-33, 41,46.
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