A Friend of Sinners

“The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.” 
(Matthew 11:19)

When you feel like saying, “There is no hope for me; I am too great a sinner; I am too weak and unworthy,” let me remind you of a few things:

YOU WOMEN, have you read of the women who were in the lineage of our Lord (Matthew 1:3-6)? What did they have to recommend them to God? Have you read of Mary Magdalene or the harlot who kissed His feet? It seems to me that the only thing they all had in common was their sin and their need of Him.

YOU MEN, pick out any of the true followers of our Lord – Peter, the man in the tombs, Zacchaeus, the thief on the cross, Saul of Tarsus – and tell me what good you can find in them.

Dear sinner friend, my Master always goes where He is MOST NEEDED and MOST WANTED – among the chief of sinners! Let others preach to the self-righteous; the gospel is designed for those who labour and are heavy-laden, for those who have nothing, are nothing, and can do nothing but cast themselves on His loving mercy!

Let me say, your sins can never keep you from Christ, but your righteousness will.

Henry Mahan – 1988

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