I want you to take your bibles please and turn to Luke chapter 15. I want to speak on this subject, Homecoming. Luke chapter 15. I read the first three verses, then near unto him, all the publicans and sinners for to hear him, and the Pharisees and scribes murmured saying this man receiveth sinners and eateth with them and be spake this parable unto them saying. And then the Lord Jesus gave one parable not three parables as is sometimes said or four parable, but one parable with three parts and it tells of three lost things. There was a lost sheep, there was lost silver and there was a lost son and the Lord Jesus gave this story or this parable to the Pharisees. Now, the Pharisees had been criticizing Jesus for keeping company with sinners. Now the Pharisees were the self righteous people and they hated the Lord Jesus Christ. In these Pharisees the milk of human kindness had curled. They hated the Lord Jesus Christ and they especially criticize Him for receiving sinners. There is a class of people in this world today who just don't believe that sinners ought to be forgiven and that sinners ought to be received by the Lord. The last time Charles Colson of Watergate fame or infamy you care to put it, was here in town, I was eating with Mr. Colson and he told me of a newspaper reporter in this city who interviewed him and she was uh, quite snide with him and she was talking to him a little bit about his being saved. Of course she didn't understand what the new birth was or what being born again is, but she was quite indignant about the whole thing and she said Mr. Colson, after all you've done I want to ask you what, this question, wbat right do you have to be born again? You think about that, what right do you have Mr. Colson again as though salvation is only for good people, only for righteous people. Oh, dear friend, this is a faithful worthy of all expectation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I for one am very glad that he's still sinners, aren't you? Because if he were not receiving sinners. Aren't you. Because if He were not still receiving sinners, I don't know where I would be. My friend and your friend, Pete Loyd has a wonderful church down there in Florida and over the portals of the doors of that church he has a sign written, sinners only welcome here. Now, what would you have done this morning if you had come to church and seen over the portal of this church, sinners only here. Oh, let me tell you friend, this, place, this church sinners are welcome because it's the place that Jesus wants them and wishes to welcome them. And so the Lord Jesus Christ gave this story in the presence of those who were criticizing him for receiving sinners and in this story this morning there are so many things that we could see but I want you to see with me this morning something of the nature of man and something of the nature of God, the reason that the Lord Jesus Christ kept company with sinn ...
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