And now, let me remind you of some of the first words of Jesus, for they are so full of encouragement to poor helpless sinners.
We read in Luke chapter 5 that Jesus "saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" (verses 27-30)
Now mark, for this is the point I am most anxious to impress upon you. Upon this pivot the whole gospel scheme may be said to turn; here is the foundation upon which the vast plan of salvation rests. "And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Now, the Lord, in the greatness of his mercy, help you to keep this steadily in view; may he enable you to continually plead it before him, as the ground of hope and a reason why you should come pleading before him for pardon and peace. Let me tell you for your comfort that he has said, "Put me in remembrance; let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified." (Isa. 43:26) Again, we read, "Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the king of Jacob." (Isa. 41:21) Moreover, in the first chapter of Isaiah, after describing the sad condition into which by sin the Lord's own people had fallen, we read, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (verse 18) What can possibly be more cheering than such words? Such is the ground of "Walks and Talks with Jesus." It is the sinner and the Saviour meeting.