luk 15v02 This Man Receiveth Sinners
Blessed be his name, it is true: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Lord of glory receives sinners! The self-righteous religionist would not dare defile himself by coming into contact with sinners. But the Son of God not only receives sinners, he invites them to come to him and actively seeks them.
Christ receives sinners to do them good. He will pardon, cleanse, and forgive sinners through the merits of his blood. He gives sinners power to become the sons of God. He clothes sinners with the robe of his perfect righteousness. And he makes sinners to be the heirs of eternal glory.
Christ receives sinners graciously. He asks nothing of you. He requires nothing from you. He does not demand that you make any atonement for your sins, suffer anything because of your sins, or produce any good works before he will receive you. In fact, if you attempt to do anything to make yourself acceptable to him, he will not receive you. He simply invites you, in all your pollution, guilt, filthiness, and sin, to come to him by faith, trusting his blood and righteousness alone for your whole salvation.
And the Son of God receives sinners now! Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart. Yes, the God-man in glory receives sinners today. He is able, willing, and ready to receive every sinner who comes to him in simple faith. Are you a sinner; a helpless, condemned sinner? There is hope for you. Christ receives sinners. It is his glory to do so. Perhaps he will even receive you.
Perhaps He will admit your plea,
Perhaps will hear your prayer;
But if you perish, why not pray,
And perish only there?
You can but perish if you go;
Resolve right now to try;
For if you stay away, this know
You must for ever die:
But if you die with mercy sought,
When you the King have tried,
This were to die (delightful thought!)
As sinner never died: