Jesus’ goal is to call sinners to repentance. In this way He demonstrates great love for them.

BibleGateway: Mark 2:13-17

ESV Text: Mark 2:13-17



KJV Text:

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     13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 14 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. 15 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. 16 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? 17 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 386 :
My Savior Sinners doth Receive

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1. My Savior sinners doth receive 
Who find no rest and no salvation, 
To whom no man can comfort give, 
So great their guilt and condemnation; 
For whom the world is all too small, 
Their sins themselves and God appal; 
With whom the Law itself hath broken, 
On whom its judgment hath been spoken,– 
To them the Gospel hope doth give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

2. A love more deep than mother-love, 
With which His heart was overflowing, 
Drew Him to earth from heaven above, 
On sinners boundless grace bestowing, 
He in their stead a curse became, 
He bore the across with all its shame; 
Brought full atonement by His suffering, 
Gave up His life for them an offering. 
This comfort doth the Gospel give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

3. His loving bosom still remains 
A haven for the heavey-laden; 
Christ frees them from their guilty stains, 
Their burdened heart doth ease and gladden. 
He casts into the unfathomed sea 
The load of their iniquity; 
He gives assurance by His Spirit 
That they are saved through His own merit. 
Yea, they shall live who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

4. Say not: “My sins are far too great, 
His mercy I have scorned and slighted, 
Now my repentance is too late; 
I came not when His love invited.” 
O trembling sinner, have no fear; 
In penitence to Christ draw near. 
Come now, though conscience still is chiding; 
Accept His mercy, e’er abiding. 
Come; blest are they who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

5. Oh, draw us ever unto Thee, 
Thou Friend of sinners, gracious Savior; 
Help us that we may fervently 
Desire Thy pardon, peace, and favor. 
When guilty conscience doth reprove, 
Reveal to us Thy heart of love. 
May we, our wretchedness beholding, 
See then Thy pardoning grace unfolding 
And say: “To God all glory be: 
My Savior, Christ, receiveth me.” 


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Abram’s righteousness before God was not because of his good works, but it was by faith.

BibleGateway: Genesis 15:1-6

ESV Text: Genesis 15:1-6



KJV Text:

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     1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

     2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 379 :
I Do Not Come Because my Soul

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1. I do not come because my soul 
Is free from sin and pure and whole 
And worthy of Thy grace; 
I do not speak to Thee because 
I’ve never justly kept Thy laws 
And dare to meet Thy face. 

2. I know that sin and guilt combine 
To reign o’er every thought of mine 
And torn from good to ill; 
I know that, when I try to be 
Upright and just and true to Thee, 
I am a sinner still. 

3. I know that often when I strive 
To keep a spark of love alive 
For Thee, the powers within 
Leap up in unsubmissive might 
And oft benumb my sense of right 
And pull me back to sin. 

4. I know that, though in doing good 
I spend my life, I never could 
Atone for all I’ve done; 
But though my sins are black as night, 
I dare to come before Thy sight 
Because I trust Thy Son. 

5. In Him alone my trust I place, 
Come boldly to Thy Throne of grace, 
And there commune with Thee. 
Salvation sure, O Lord, is mine, 
And, all unworthy, I am Thine, 
For Jesus died for me. 


Hymn: LSB 553 O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire
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