Jesus Came to Call Sinners to Repentance (Luke 5:27-32)
1. Last Sunday we pointed out a number of reasons why Jesus came to earth in the flesh. 2. In our lesson we are focusing our attention on one reason that is revealed in Luke 5:32 -- "He came to call sinners to repentance." Discussion:
I. AS HE CALLED SINNERS TO REPENTANCE, JESUS EMPHASIZED REPENTANCE IN HIS TEACHING
A. Jesus began His ministry by teaching that repentance is a requirement for entering God's kingdom (Matthew 4:17). B. In His Great Commission He taught that repentance is a requirement for receiving the "remission of sins" (Luke 24:45-47; Acts 2:38). II. AS HE CALLED SINNERS TO REPENTANCE, JESUS REVEALED 4 IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES THAT RELATE TO REPENTANCE
A. First, in two of His parables Jesus explained what repentance is. 1. In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus gave an illustration of repentance as He showed how two sons reacted to their father's instructions. a. One of the sons repented, but the other did not. b. The son who repented actually did his father's will. c. Jesus presented this parable for the benefit of the Jewish leaders. 2. Jesus further illustrated the meaning of repentance in Luke 15:17-21. 3. In these parables Jesus explained: a. what repentance is -- a change of mind that results in a change of action b. how belief and godly sorrow produce repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-10). B. Second, Jesus revealed the fate of those who refuse to repent (Luke 13:1-5). 1. A common misconception was that the people killed by Pilate and those killed when the tower fell were the ones who needed to repent [Jesus cleared that up in vs.3, 5]. 2. The Lord wants everyone to repent (Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9). 3. Those who refuse to repent will be punished (Matthew 11:20-24). C. Third, Jesus showed why He requires us to repent (Revelation 3:19). D. Fourth, Jesus showed how repentance produces joy in heaven (Luke 15:7, 10). Conclusion:
1. At this season great emphasis is placed on the Lord's coming to earth. 2. Let us remember that He came to accomplish a number of objectives. 3. One objective was "to call sinners to repentance." 4. This is still His objective today as He calls people through the Gospel.