Summary: Seeing the vilest of Jewish society coming to Christ, the enemies of our Lord Him muttered, "This man receiveth sinners." What a grand and glorious truth - Christ receiveth sinful men!
Christ Receiveth Sinful Men
Seeing the vilest of Jewish society coming to Christ, the enemies of our Lord muttered "This man receiveth sinners." What they meant as an insult in these words was in reality the highest tribute to the Lord and the greatest message to every one of us. Erdmann Neumeister wrote in 1718 the words to a hymn that echoes this glorious and eternal truth.
"Sinners Jesus will receive; Sound this word of grace to all
Who the heavenly pathway leave, All who linger, all who fall.
Sing it o’er and o’er again: Christ receiveth sinful men;
Make the message clear and plain: Christ receiveth sinful men!" :
I. Christ’s desires to receive sinful men.
A. Men are sinful and separated from God
1. Romans 3:23"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
2. Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. As a result man by nature is sinful and is separated from God.
3. Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear."
B. Good works will not provide access to or acceptance by God
1. Access to God cannot be attained through ministers, priests, Mary, angels, reformation, church membership, sincerity, good works or tears.
2. Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
3. Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by his grace that we have been saved through faith, and this faith was not from you, but it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest anyone should boast."
4. Romans 5:1, 2 "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access"
5. Our legal right to approach unto God is found alone in the merits of Christ - C Arthur Pink, Access to God
C. Christ desires all men to come to Him
1. 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2. 1 Timothy 2:3-6 "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
3. Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
4. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer, the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.- Fanny Crosby, To God be the Glory
D. Christ welcomes all who come with open arms.
1. Luke 15:2 "And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, ’This man receives sinners, and eats with them.’"
2. Receive - ¨Prosdechomai" - expectant looking-for-and-waiting to receive in a personal (open) manner.
3. We find all through his life that he always received sinners, and never rejected any one¡It might always have been said of him, "This man receiveth and welcometh sinners." His motto was, "Whosoever will, let him come." (C. H. Spurgeon, Welcome! Welcome, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1973 reprint, vol. XXVII, pp. 581-582).
4. John 6:37 "Him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out."
5. "God loves you. It doesn’t make any difference who you are. You can’t keep Him from loving you. Now you can get into a place where you won’t experience the love of God. When you put up an umbrella of sin, the sunshine of God’s love sure won’t fall on you. But it’s still there for you." - J. Vernon McGee, Book of Nahum
6. "When man sinned, he was separated from God. God wanted that fellowship restored, but He could not do so unless His justice was satisfied. God’s mercy said that He wanted to forgive man, but God’s justice said that man could not be forgiven unless a suitable sacrifice was found. Christ offered Himself as that sacrifice, which means that the sacrifice of Christ as the as the Lamb of God was the only way that God could be merciful and just. It was the only way that God, within His righteousness, holiness and justice could receive man back to Himself. Since God wanted man’s fellowship more than more than man wants God’s fellowship, then Christ first died FOR GOD. It is often said that Christ died for us, but the main thing was that Christ died FOR GOD in order that God could accept us back, for Christ and Christ alone satisfied the righteous and holy demands of God!" -Jack Hyles, Meet The Holy Spirit