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Jesus Preaching to Publicans and Sinners.

Jesus Preaching to Publicans and Sinners.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

REV. JAMES SHERGOLD BOONE, M.A.,


Luke XV. 1—3.

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners
for to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes
murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and
eateth with them* And he spake this parable unto
them, saying.

REV. JAMES SHERGOLD BOONE, M.A.,


Luke XV. 1—3.

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners
for to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes
murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and
eateth with them* And he spake this parable unto
them, saying.

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JESUS PREACHIG TO PUBLICAS AD SIERS.REV. JAMES SHERGOLD BOOE, M.A.,Luke XV. 1—3.Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinnersfor to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribesmurmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, andeateth with them* And he spake this parable untothem, saying.I the entire compass of Holy Writ, few, if any, pas-sages can be more characteristic of our religion, ormore remarkable as an epitome of its doctrines and aconcentration of its essence, than the Gospel appointedfor this day^ The fact will at once become evident, aswe proceed, by the simplest exposition, and in the pre-cise order of the evangelical narrative, to examine, first,the nature of the audience which crowded round ourLord; then, the objection started by the scribes andPharisees ; and, finally, the answer of Jesus, containinga full vindication of his conduct, in the succeedingparables.In each of these points is matter suitable to our owncondition, and eminently calculated to be profitable tooiu* own souls. So be it, my brethren, through theinfluences and operations of the Spirit of God I^ This Sermon was preached on the Third Sunday after Trinity.XVIII.] JESUS PREACHIG TO PUBUCAS, &C. 3191 In the first place, then, we have to consider the
 
nature of the audience which crowded round our Lord.* Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinnersfor to hear him/Becently, as we read in the preceding chapter, hehad declared, 'whosoever exalteth himself shall beabased ; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.'He had said to his inviter^ * When thou makest a feast,call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind ; for theycannot recompense thee : for thou shalt be recompensedat the resurrection of the just.' He had shewn, by themost significant and touching announcements, that hisservants were to go out into the highways and hedges,or into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring inthe poor and the maimed, and the halt and the blind ;that all, in short, except the obstinately careless andsupercilious who spumed the summons, all, withoutdistinction of persons, should be induced, by all means,to come into the kingdom of heaven. The consequencewas, that there went great multitudes with him ; and heturned and said unto them, * Whosoever doth not bearhis cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.*Sayings, such as these, while they ofiended thehaughty and the mighty, were as gracious sounds of invitation and encouragement in the ears of the misera-ble. The self-righteous might turn away in surpriseand indignation ; but the poor in spirit were attractedand comforted. Jesus, moreover, had performed mira-cles of compassion in their behalf. He had ' healed allthat came to him.' That reply given to the inquiringdisciples of John was known to be true, * Go, and shewJohn again those things which ye do hear and see : theblind receive their sight, and the lame walk ; the lepersare cleansed, and the deaf hear ; the dead are raised up,320 JESUS PREACHIG [SERM.
 
and the poor have the Gospel preached to them ; andblessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me/Here, then, the most wretched found a teacher, who»although removed from them by an immeasurable dis-tance, was yet as one of themselves. Strange combina-tion of circumstances, before unheard of and undreamtof I He, too, was poor, and his earthly state resembledtheirs. And yet, nature was subject to him ; and nothingwas impossible which he chose to do. He spake withauthority, and not as the scribes and Pharisees. Andyet none was cast out. He refused not any, becausethey were lowly, or because they were destitute ; none,even because they were under a cloud of obloquy, ora stain was upon their character; none, even becausethey felt themselves to be defiled, and were coveredwith confusion and self-reproach. As to body, andmind, and soul, he acted upon his own saying, ' Theythat are whole need not a physician, but they that aresick.' The greater their needs, the greater was hisloving-kindness; and, in his sight, spiritual needs andnecessities were the greatest of all.Therefore, he did not appear as a temporal deli-verer ; still less did he appear as a political disturber.Though, afler a solemn and mysterious manner, he<avowed himself a King, no charge could be more devoidof foundation than that of the rancorous accusers, whosaid, ' We found this fellow perverting the nation, andrefusing to give tribute to Caesar.^ He might — ^thoughthe thought is almost blasphemy — ^he might have madehimself formidable as an insurgent or a demagogue.He might have resembled David in the cave Adullam,when * every one that was in distress, and every onethat was in debt, and every one that was discontented,gathered themselves unto him, and he became a captain

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