by Steve Wagers

Jesus, What a Friend of Sinners
Steve N. Wagers
I Peter 2:1-7
February 26, 2006
Friend Day

Sermon Outline
1. There is No Rival to Jesus!
A. To His Person!
B. To His Power!
2. There is No Redeemer but Jesus!
A. The Redemption God has Designed for Man!
B. The Redemption God has Delivered to Man!
3. There is No Replacement for Jesus!
A. The Grievous Life that Excludes Jesus!
B. The Glorious Life that Includes Jesus!

There was a medical missionary in China. Whenever someone came to him for treatment he would always tell them the story of Jesus. One morning, before the clinic doors were opened, there came to the missionary an old woman stooped with age. He could tell by the dust on her feet and clothing that she had come a long way.

That morning he treated her and as always, told her about Jesus. The medical missionary said, "As the rose opens to receive the rays of the noon day sun, so her heart opened to receive the Savior. Her tears made little rivulets down her dusty cheeks as she opened her heart to Jesus.

Several weeks later, there was a knock at the missionary's door. When he opened the door, he found the same old woman that had come to him several weeks before. She said, "Sir, He has saved me and I know He lives in my heart. He has made my life so happy! But sir, I have forgotten His name. Could you please tell me his name again?" The missionary repeated over and over again the name, "Jesus," and each time the little old lady echoed that name, "Jesus."

Lela Long heard the story and wrote:

Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And he's just the same, as His lovely name.
And that's the reason why I love Him so,
For Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

It was from that story, as well as Lela Long's hymn that inspired J. Wilbur Chapman to pen the words of that immortal hymn:

Jesus! What a friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Jesus! What a str ...

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