Friend Of Sinners

'Jesus did not consider heaven a place to be desired while we were lost.' (MH105)

'This glorious being loved the poor sinner and took upon Himself the form of a servant, that He might suffer and die in man's behalf. Jesus might have remained at His Father's right hand, wearing His kingly crown and royal robes. But He chose to exchange all the riches, honour, and glory of heaven for the poverty of humanity, and His station of high command for the horrors of Gethsemane and the humiliation and agony of Calvary. He became a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, that by His baptism of suffering and blood He might purify and redeem a guilty world.' (DA121)
'Our Saviour manifested for us a love that the love of man can never equal. When we were bruised and dying, He had pity upon us. He did not pass us by on the other side, and leave us, helpless and hopeless, to perish. He did not remain in His holy, happy home, where He was beloved by all the heavenly host. He beheld our sore need, He undertook our case, and identified His interests with those of humanity. He died to save His enemies.' (COL381/2)
He 'did not refuse to work for those who made mistakes; His works of mercy were done for every class, the righteous and the unrighteous, for all alike.' (WM86)
And so it is today, 'He does not give us up because of our sins.' (3SM149)
'Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled, for Jesus has promised it. Precious Saviour! His arms are open to receive us, and His great heart of love is waiting to bless us.' (FW37)
'Jesus loves to have us come to him just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our folly, our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence. It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of His love and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.' (SC52)
He 'longs to have care-worn, weary, oppressed human beings come to Him. He longs to give them the light and joy and peace that are to be found nowhere else. The worst sinners are the objects of His deep, earnest pity and love. He sends His Holy Spirit to yearn over them with tenderness, seeking to draw them to Himself.' (COL226)
His 'heart is cheered by the sight of those who are poor in every sense of the term: cheered by His view of the ill-used ones who are meek, cheered by the seemingly unsatisfied hungering after righteousness, by the inability to begin. He welcomes as it were the very condition of things that would discourage many ministers.' (EV49)
'The Saviour cannot withdraw from the soul that clings to Him, pleading its great need.' (DA198)
Knowing how much He loves us, we can declare with utmost confidence . . .
'My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.' (Job 16:20,21)

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