THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Skydiving is a good depiction of humanity.
We begin by thinking we are far above it all.
Then we start looking for a way to land safely!
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying,
This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
Who is this the elite ridicule?
He is God incarnate!
The Eternal Creator Who became flesh "and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)
He is the Holy One from Whom angels hid their faces!
He is the God-man Who stood above all men, perfect, sinless, and undefiled!
What is it for which He is ridiculed?
For receiving sinners and communing with them.
How can we describe such love?
It is beyond the language of men!
Such love can only be described in the Person of Jesus Christ.
He is the Creator God.
All sin is against Him.
Yet, the offended One "took upon Himself the form of a servant," (Philippians 2:7).
He suffered and died in our place!
His vicarious death displays the perfect offer of forgiveness.
And for what reason will He receive sinful men?
That He might not only forgive, but also cleanse, justify, regenerate,
and eternally save all who come to Him.
He takes us from being sons of sin to being sons of God!
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12)
Christ "receiveth" sinful men!
This fact is still true today and let us sing the anthem:
Christ Receiveth Sinful Men!
And let us pray and labor that sinful men might receive HIM!