Friend of Sinners

Jesus is a friend to sinners. And who hasn’t sinned? I mean, really, no one has ever gotten it all right. No one, that is, except for Jesus. And that’s why He could be the perfect sacrifice. That’s why He could bear the thorns and take the nails and bleed out on the cross. Because only His blood was good enough to pay the ransom for my life. To bring me back to God.

And this God who made everything–He’s not some impersonal deity up by the stars who can’t be felt or known. He’s a God who is there. A God who makes Himself known. A God who stepped into the world through the Person of His Son, so that He could be seen and touched and heard. And so that He could make things right again. Because sin, it marred this whole place. It broke us and we’ve all been reeling ever since. So, we all needed a Savior. And He didn’t leave us hanging, nor did He aim to keep us reeling. He came. God came. He came down to scoop us up and bring us Home.

And our hearts, they really are restless till we they find their rest in Him. We were soul-sick and needed medicine. And there was an actual day in history, when the Remedy came running. God put skin on. He took on the ache of our humanity. We breathed our air. He walked our sod. And we call Him Emmanuel. The God who lives with us.

Jesus, friend of sinners
Loved me ’ere I knew Him
Drew me with His cords of love
Tightly bound me to Him
’Round my heart still closely twined
The ties that none can sever
For I am His and He is mine
Forever and forever

Jesus, friend of sinners
A crown of thorns You wore for me
Bruised for my transgressions
Pierced for my iniquities
The wrath of God that I deserved
Was poured out on the Innocent
He took my place, my soul to save
Now I am His forever

Jesus, friend of sinners
I love to tell the story
Redeeming love has been my theme
And will be when in glory
Not death nor life nor anything
Can ever separate me
O love that will not let me go
Yes, I am His forever.

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