FROM THE PREACHER"S LENSES

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Liberationwords1@gmail.com
Lagos, Nigeria
JESUS WELCOMES SINNERS

ou have heard all kinds of stories about Jesus.

The one that infuriates you most, of all the stories is what you have heard people say that He is God.

What an insult?

If He is God, what has He come to do in this wretched world?

And what is so special about His coming that some people even mark His birthday?

The very learned in the Jewish religion of His time, referred to as Scribes and Pharisees faulted Jesus for eating and drinking with the scums, people of bad reputation; tax collectors like our revenue officers in Nigeria; Custom Officers, Police and others in uniform.

Their grudge is, what is someone they say is God or from God doing with those notorious sinners; people of ill repute.

The story is recorded in the book of St. Mark 2.

Jesus heard their criticism and replied "Sick people need the doctor, not healthy ones! I haven't come to tell good people to repent, but the bad ones." Or in the King James Version "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32).

So the topic of my sermon today is "Jesus welcomes Sinners"

Let us pray

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Again, the topic of my sermon is "Jesus welcomes Sinners"

Jesus replied the Scribes and the Pharisees "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance

"O! He came because of sinners, the bad people. That does not concern me then because I am not bad.

I pray regularly, I am always in the business of sharing whatever little I have with the needy. I do not fornicate. I have never committed murder, I always seek for the good of others. I do not hold grudge with anyone.

What a mistake.

Hear what the bible says:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (IJohn 1:8).

The truth is that God has judged all men ever born to be unholy or unrighteous.

The Old Testament of the Bible in Isaiah 64:6 says that "--We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is filthy rag-----"

In the book of Psalm 14:2-3, we read "The Lord looks down from heaven on ALL MANKIND to see if there are any who are wise, who want to please God. But no, all have strayed away; all are rotten with sin. Not one is good, not one" (Psalm 14:2-3; Rom. 3:10-18).

So if God says you are a sinner, how then can you say that you are not a sinner? Who then is a liar, you or God?

You may say, not that I do not sin, what I am saying is that I am not as bad as the majority of the people.

Hear this then;

Moses, otherwise known as Musa, the courier of the Law System wrote "

Keep my decrees and laws,(A) for the person who obeys them will live by them.(B) I am the LORD (Lev. 18:5).

Paul explained this in clarity in one of his letters to the Romans: "For Moses wrote that if a person would be perfectly good and hold out against temptation all his life and never sin once, only then could he be pardoned and saved" (Rom 10:5).

In the assessment of God, the pass mark is 100 percent, not 99.99%to be qualified for heaven through obedience to the system of law or good deeds.

Hear what the Lord Jesus Himself said in His teaching on the mount as recorded by Matthew in 5:

"You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder------22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone,[d] you are subject to judgment! And if you curse someone (say a fool), you are in danger of the fires of hell (Matt.5: 21-22)

The Lord continues in His teachings:

"You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.' 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matt. 5: 27-28).

James the first Pastor of Jerusalem Church had this to say about the requirements of the law system:

"The person who keeps every law of God, but makes one little slip is just as guilty as the person who has broken every law there is. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.- - - " (James 2:10-11).

With all these facts, I want to know someone who is able to appear before God and beat his chest that he is holy and righteous and will ask God for entry into His place. If you cannot therefore be righteous, 100%, Jesus comes for you. You need Jesus.

I am preaching on the topic "Jesus Welcomes Sinners"

I have now shown you beyond all doubts that you are a sinner and we read in the book of Ezekiel 18: 20 that "The soul that sins shall die---"

This is not just the physical death but spiritual death, separation from God to hell.

And because we have been stained by sin, we all are candidates of hell because the Bible says in the book of Hebrews 12:14 that 'without holiness, no one will see the Lord'

So, the person who wants to end up in heaven requires that he must be holy while on earth.

Is there a way out then?

Yes there is a way out. The sins that have stained us must be washed.

The only way of escape after physical death, from entering this place called hell, which is an eternal place of torment is provided in the blood of Jesus Christ that flowed when He was crucified. His shed blood is for the atonement of sin of mankind for whoever believes, who asks for the forgiveness of those sins, who asks that his sins be washed with the blood and accepts Him as Saviour and Lord.

But why the blood of Jesus?

First, it is only blood that God guarantees for forgiveness of sin. Only blood can appease Him.

The only remedy is for someone else to die in our place. Another person's blood must be split so that we can be spared from hell. We read in the book of Hebrews 9:22 that "Without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin"

God said in the book of Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul"

Another life must therefore be sacrificed to redeem a life that is condemned.

Secondly, the blood must be pure, free of any defect or blemish. And where shall we find that, since all humans are sinners? Only Jesus, who is part of the Holy God who came in flesh was sinless. Only that blood is qualified to wash and make us clean. His blood is pure and sinless.

Before Jesus came, God asked the Jewish fathers to practice a mock, a shadow of what Jesus would be coming to do later.

So they slaughtered numerous animals, day in day out. They observed days, weeks, months and numerous annual festivals, for only one purpose; shedding of blood to appease God.

Paul explained that:

"This system of law was to last only until the coming of Christ, the Child to whom God's promise was made"! (Gal. 3:19).

The writer of Hebrews wrote that, were those sacrifices profitable and able to cleanse man's sins, then it would not need to be repeated year after year.

"The sacrifices under the law system were repeated again and again, year after year, but even so, they could never save those who lived under their rules, if they could, one offering would have been enough; the worshippers would have been cleansed once for all, and their feeling of guilt would be gone. But just the opposite happened; those yearly sacrifices reminded them of their disobedience and guilt instead of relieving their minds. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats really to take away sins" (Heb. 10:1-3).

Now, the blood requirement has been met with the shed blood of Jesus when He was brutally killed on the tree (Matt 5:17-18; Heb 7:18-28; 8:7; 9:6-28; 10:1-3; 12:12-13).

Jesus has achieved for us, what the best of our good works fail to achieve.

My friend, I appeal to you, do not delay your day of salvation. Call Jesus now to wash and forgive your sins and He will write your name in the book of life and you will be able to live with Him in heaven after you die.

Let us pray.

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