by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 15:1-7, John 1:8, James 5:17

Now I am talking to YOU. Don't think that "Jesus, the
Friend of Sinners" is just for drunkards and liars and
thieves and all manner of vile people on the earth who
have given themselves over to sin. We ALL have need of
this Friend, the Friend of sinners.

In Luke 15, verse 1, we read of the publicans and
sinners drawing near to Jesus to hear Him. And the
Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man
receiveth sinners and eateth with them." And Jesus
spake a parable unto them saying, "What man among you,
having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth
not leave the ninety and nine, and go after that which
is lost, till he find it; and when he hath it, he
layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he
cometh home, he calleth together his friends and
neighbors, saying unto them 'Rejoice with me, for I
have found my sheep which was lost.' I say unto you
likewise that joy shall be in heaven over one sinner
that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just
persons that need no repentance."

Now let me call your attention to that expression,
"JOY in heaven, over ONE SINNER that repenteth."
Notice here that Jesus was a FRIEND of sinners. He ate
with them. He visited with them, not to have
fellowship with them in their sins, because He was
holy and undefiled and separate from them in that
respect. Jesus maintained his Purity, even though he
had fellowship with them. He befriended the very
vilest of earth in order that He might win them. But
remember that sinners are not necessarily vile people.
For ALL are sinners. God sees ALL the human race in
sin. In God's sight, sin is sin. Now Jesus Christ is
the Friend of sinners.

You and I NEED this Great Friend to save us from our
sins. We need to repent, that we might cause joy in
heaven. We need to let the Blessed Saviour save us,
and put us on His S ...

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