Jun. 11, 2021

Calling all sinners

Calling all sinners
Mark 2:17
"I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus is issuing a call, in these last days. A call for sinners to repentance.  Hebrews says that without the shedding of blood there shall be no remission of sin. Jesus shed his blood once for all. However the onus is now on us to accept his sacrifice and repent of our wrongdoing in order to have our sins erased.  In other words, the ball is in our court. God did what He had to do to secure our salvation. However, we need to repent and turn away from sin in order to be forgiven. Some people think that they have to clean up their lives before coming to Christ. However they have this backward. The first step is to acknowledge that they are in sin or in disobedience to God.  Next, we need to repent of our sins and sinful nature. Once we have done that, we accept what Christ did on the cross. We need to acknowledge that He died for our sins and that He rose from the dead. Then we invite Christ as the savior of our souls and ask Him to be our savior. Once that is done in sincerity, we look to Him to clean us up. Isaiah says My sins were as scarlet and He washed them white as snow. We cannot wash our sins away on our own. It takes the blood of Christ to cleanse us from unrighteousness. We entrust our deliverance to Christ.  We cannot set ourselves free. Christ has released us from the clutches of sin once we entrust our lives to Him. We have to do our part and surrender our rebellious will to Christ and then trust Him to clean us up and set us free. We need to experience His salvation or saving power. Once we have done that, we trust Him to direct our steps in the pathway of holiness. Trust Him and He will clean us up. However, as long as we try to justify our disobedience to God, we have missed His plan of salvation. We need to back up to step one and acknowledge that we are sinners in need of redemption. Then we surrender to Christ and trust His blood to cleanse us and set us free. The whole verse above is as follows: People who have their health don’t need to see a doctor. Only those who are sick do. I’m not here to call those already in good standing with God; I’m here to call sinners to turn back to Him. Jesus was talking to the religious leaders. In closing let us pray. Father we acknowledge our sins and ask Christ to cleanse us. We believe that the death and resurrection of Christ has saved our souls. We ask that you change the course of our lives and put us on the path of holiness. Fill us with your Spirit and keep our lives on the straight and narrow path. In Jesus name, amen.