He Came to MeBro. David Chancellor
3/1/2009 11:00 AM
There was a man sent from God; whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
This was the beginning of John’s writing, but he’s not talking about himself. Most of this refers to Jesus. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name…" When Jesus came, he was full of grace and truth, and when we get to know him, it rubs off on us. There’s a benefit to us in receiving him. We can get a blessing to our souls. He’s someone we want to have around at all times. If Jesus came to your house, how would you receive him?
And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Zacchaeus heard about Jesus and wanted to see him, but Jesus had to invite himself to his house. We should joyfully receive him when he comes to us. When Jesus came to us when we were sinners, it wasn’t long before it had an effect. Jesus wants to come and dwell with you. When he comes, he brings salvation with him.
Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
Jesus needs to receive you, not just you receive him. Jesus isn’t about keeping you away. He sat and ate with sinners. He was a friend of sinners. He comes before we get things cleaned up and then changes us. We can’t clean ourselves up good enough for him; he has to do that work. He came to bring us the wonderful salvation of God.
And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
This shows the calling of Levi (Matthew). He left his work and followed Jesus. Jesus went to Matthew’s house and Matthew’s friends and acquaintances came and met with him there. When Jesus comes into your life, his influence should affect those around you. Jesus went where he could be a blessing and benefit to humanity. We need him to receive us, too. We need him to claim us as one of his own.
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
If we’ll receive Christ, there will be a place where he will receive us.
1 Timothy 1:12-16
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Paul was thankful that Christ came to him in spite of all that he was. Jesus came to him, even though he was strongly opposing him. Many people don’t turn to Christ because they don’t know him. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He comes to bring help and victory. He comes to make a difference. When he comes, receive him joyfully.