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This Man!

Scripture reading for October 25th: Luke 13-15

“Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him (Jesus).  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:1-2

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to seek and save the “lost” of this world.  No one is really right with God.  Sin has come to every man because of Adam (not Eve!).  (Romans 5:12-14)  But not everyone is ready to recognize and admit that they are “sinners” and “lost”.  Satan’s trick of blinding minds through pride and the lies keeps many in bondage.  (2nd Corinthians 4:4)  Jesus cannot save those who will not willingly come to Him.

When He walked the earth, He sought out people who were open to His message of the Kingdom.  It was on one of those occasions that Jesus responded to the muttering of the religious leaders about His hanging around sinners.  He told them three parables to help them understand the heart of God for the lost.  The first parable was about a man who had a hundred sheep and found out that one of them was missing.  He left the main flock to go and search for the lost sheep.  When he found that lost sheep, he called friends and neighbors together and celebrated!  The moral of this story was that there was joy in heaven over one lost person being restored!  (Luke 15:7)

Another parable concerned a woman who had lost one of ten silver coins.  She searched diligently in her house until finding it and then invited friends to rejoice with her for her restored savings!  The same bottom line is emphasized.  (Luke 15:10)

The final parable concerned a man who had two sons.  One wanted his inheritance right now.  His father gave him the money and he left to squander it on loose living.  He got himself into a mess, even needing to eat with pigs to satisfy his hunger!  This lost son decided to go back to his father and beg for mercy. The father was watching for his lost son, saw him coming, and ran to meet him.  After a brief apology, the father restored this son and threw a party of celebration!

Jesus loves lost people!  This “Man” will welcome you back with open arms!

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This man eats with sinners!

Scripture reading for October 24th: Luke 13-15

“Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him (Jesus).  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke15:1-2

Are you a person who welcomes sinners?  Are you comfortable around those that the culture would consider outcasts or unacceptable?  Would those who are “sinners” see you as a person that they would feel comfortable hanging out with?  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to seek and save the “lost” of this world.

When He walked the earth, He sought out people who were open to His message of the Kingdom.  It was on one of those occasions that Jesus responded to the muttering of the religious leaders about His hanging around sinners.  He told them three parables to help them understand the heart of God for those who were lost.  The first parable was about a man who had a hundred sheep and found out that one of them was missing.  He left the main flock to go and search for the lost sheep.  When he found that lost sheep, he called friends and neighbors together and celebrated!  The moral of this story was that there was joy in heaven over one lost person being restored!  (Luke 15:7)

Another parable concerned a woman who had lost one of ten silver coins.  She searched diligently in her house until finding it and then invited friends to rejoice with her for her restored fortune!  The same bottom line is emphasized.  There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents!  (Luke 15:10)

The final parable concerned a man who had two sons.  One wanted his inheritance right now.  His father gave him the money and he left to squander it on loose living.  He ended up eating with pigs to satisfy his hunger!  This lost son decided to go back to his father and beg for mercy. The father was watching for his lost son, saw him coming, and ran to meet him.  After a brief apology, the father restored this son and threw a party of celebration!

We truly have a friend in Jesus Christ.  He loves lost people.  Our Father in heaven sent Him to help those willing to return to Father’s House.  If you are not “home”, reach out to Him today!  His arms are open wide!

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Repent or Perish!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 13-15

When tragedy strikes, it is easy to make judgments about why people were killed.  It is easy to assume that those who die are under the judgment of God, or possibly were just ‘unlucky’.  We don’t have explanations for some things that happen,  like tornadoes and earthquakes.  Other tragedies like 9-11-2001 are man-made and some accidents are the result of human error.  People are always curious about these things because it causes them to think about death, God, and what happens afterward.

“Now there were those present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

Jesus was faced with people who struggled to understand why good religious people were killed by Pilate.  They were perplexed by the suffering and death and answers about why this would happen.  Jesus brought up another case, the accident that took 18 lives in Jerusalem when a tower fell on them.  In both of these cases, Jesus reassured people that these were not worse sinners than any others!

What Jesus was trying to tell them is that all men need forgiveness.  We cannot judge others as any worse sinners than we are.  We must look in the mirror and deal with what we see there in our own hearts.  Sin brings death eternally.  Unless we repent, we all will die in our sins and then perish!   (Hebrews 9:27)  The only remedy is repentance.  Repentance is confessing our sins by taking ownership and turning away from them to God and His mercy in Jesus Christ.  This is the only way to keep from perishing!

What does ‘perish’ really mean?  When we die in sin, we will stand judgment before Jesus Christ at the White Throne of Revelation 20:11-15.  Those who are unsaved will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal torment.  This is ‘perishing’.  Take an inventory of your state of repentance before it’s too late!

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This Man Welcomes Sinners!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 13-15

“Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Him (Jesus).  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Luke15:1-2

Are you a person who welcomes sinners?  Are you comfortable around those that the culture would consider outcasts or unacceptable?  Would those who are “sinners” see you as a person that they would feel comfortable hanging out with?  These are interesting questions that get us to thinking about our scripture reading in Luke today.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to seek and save the “lost” of this world.  Of course, we all are lost!  No one is really right with God.  Sin has come to every man because of Adam (not Eve!).  (Romans 5:12-14)  But not everyone is ready to recognize and admit that they are “sinners” and “lost”.  Satan’s trick of blinding minds through pride and the lies of this world keeps many in bondage.  (2nd Corinthians 4:4)  Jesus cannot save those who will not willingly come to Him.

When He walked the earth, He sought out people who were open to His message of the Kingdom.  It was on one of those occasions that Jesus responded to the muttering of the religious leaders about His hanging around sinners.  He told them three parables to help them understand the heart of God for those who were lost.  The first parable was about a man who had a hundred sheep and found out that one of them was missing.  He left the main flock to go and search for the lost sheep.  When he found that lost sheep, he called friends and neighbors together and celebrated!  The moral of this story was that there was joy in heaven over one lost person being restored!  (Luke 15:7)

Another parable told by Jesus at this time concerned a woman who had lost one of ten silver coins.  She searched diligently in her house until finding it and then invited friends to rejoice with her for her restored savings!  The same bottom line is emphasized.  There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents!  (Luke 15:10)

The final parable concerned a man who had two sons.  One wanted his inheritance right now.  His father gave him the money and he left to squander it on loose living.  He got himself into a mess, even needing to eat with pigs to satisfy his hunger!  This lost son decided to go back to his father and beg for mercy. The father was watching for his lost son, saw him coming, and ran to meet him.  After a brief apology, the father restored this son and threw a party of celebration!  Wow!  What a picture of the heart of our Father in heaven!

We truly have a Friend in Jesus Christ.  He loves lost people.  Our Father in heaven sent Him to help all who will to return home to Father’s House.  If you are not “home”, let Him welcome you today!  His arms are open wide!  Admit you are a “sinner” and His mercy will welcome you.

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