Day 1 – 10/19/15 – Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy – http://shereadstruth.com/2014/11/10/come-ye-sinners/
Romans 3:21-26 (ESV) – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Luke 5:27-32 (ESV) – 27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV) – 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
O – As I read through these scriptures for today, I noted (maybe for the first time) that God did not (He deliberately chose) show His righteousness until Christ. Sacrifice after sacrifice – none of them totally forgave sin once and for all. BUT, Christ’s death did! This payment for our sin (redemption) made us free from the guilt of sin (justification). BUT it was done ONLY through the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross, taking on ALL of our sins. Christ’s death was the atonement (the sacrifice needed to forgive our sins and the propitiation (what made it possible for God to reconcile Himself to us – without our sins). NONE of this is what we deserve – but it is the reason that Christ came – to save sinners! His ministry of reconciliation was to bring sinners to God – free of guilt and sin.
A – I love the words in this hymn that demonstrate God’s love for us, and what Christ did for us:
- Jesus ready stands to save you – (He draws us to Him – He is ready)
- God’s free bounty glorify (Not only does God impart grace, but it is a free BOUNTY – a superlative!)
- True belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh – (it is only our belief and repentance that brings us to Him – nothing else brings us near to Him – it is HIS grace)
- If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all – (if we wait until we’re good enough, we will never dare to come to Him, or we just won’t bother. Christ came for SINNERS!)
- View him….. sinner, will this not suffice? – (when we see or think about Christ’s death on the cross for us – isn’t that enough to bring us to Him? What more would we want Him to do?)
- Venture on Him, venture wholly, let no other trust intrude – (wholly depend on HIM for our salvation – nothing else, no one else…)
- Let not conscience make you linger, not of fitness fondly dream; all the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of Him. – (all that God wants from us is our declaration of our need for Him – we can’t be “good enough” or fit enough. God draws sinners to Him for His saving grace!)
P – Thank You, Father God, for your love for me. You sent Your Son – for me. He died – for me. Redemption – for me. Justification – for me. Reconciliation – for me. Atonement – for me. Propitiation – for me. All for me. May I give ALL of me – for YOU today. Thank You that I did not have to earn Your love, or be good enough. Thank You that You take me as I am. Work in me today, to become more like You in my relationships.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy – Fernando Ortega –