What does it imply that Jesus eats with sinners?
To understand the importance of Jesus eating with sinners, we need to look at those who threw the lament – the Pharisees and law teachers. These men were the religious leaders of the time and had their own rules called the "tradition of the elders". According to them, eating with a sinner polluted them. This was just one of their rules that Jesus violated.
Jesus ate with both religious leaders and sinners. So what does it mean when Jesus eats with sinners? It is the core of his mission.
How the story unfolds
The story begins with Jesus eating with a Pharisee.
On a Sabbath, when Jesus was eating in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was closely watched (Luke 14).
At this meal, Jesus violates one of their traditions by healing a man on the Sabbath. The Pharisees are upset and Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them.
Unfortunately, the Pharisees have no ears. Soon her critical murmur begins.
Now all tax collectors and sinners gathered to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15: 1-2).
Jesus answers their murmurs with compassionate teaching and gives them the opportunity to understand the heart of God.
Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them … Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one … Jesus continued:" There was a man who had two sons …
These parables illustrate Jesus' mission to seek and save the lost, but the Pharisees were blinded by their self-righteousness and still missed them.
Jesus speaks his mission
After Jesus called Matthew (also known as Levi) to follow him, they shared a meal where Matthew invited his friends and coworkers. Many of them also followed Jesus.
Then Levi held a large banquet for Jesus in his house, and a large number of tax collectors and others ate with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, who belonged to their sect, complained to his disciples: "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" (Luke 5: 29-30).
Jesus answers the complaint with his core task.
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repent ”(Luke 5: 31-32).
Matthew records a targeted response that is addressed to religious leaders.
"But go and learn what this means:" I want mercy, not a victim. "Because I didn't come to call the righteous, but the sinners." (Matthew 9:13).
Jesus ate with sinners because they were the ones He was sent to save.
Sinners after who
The Pharisees claimed to keep both the Law of Moses and the tradition of the elders. By establishing their own rules, they established themselves as righteous and those who did not abide by them were called sinners.
But Jesus exposed the lie that religious leaders were just and warned them of their true condition.
… don't follow their example. Because they don't practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to lighten the burden. Everything they do is on display … (Matthew 23: 3-5 NLT).
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you are like whitewashed tombs that appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are bones of dead people and all impurities (Matthew 23:27).
The words of Jesus make the truth found in the Bible clear that everyone sinned. Behavior is not the main problem. Spiritual illness is in the heart.
Jesus demonstrates his mission
We see again and again how Jesus shows mercy to those who do not deserve it, but whose hearts run to the doctor.
1. A man with leprosy dares to come to Jesus to be healed, but unsure if Jesus is ready for it. Touching a leper is said to make a person unclean. Not only was Jesus ready to heal him, he also did the illegal to touch him as he said the words, "I am ready." God's mission is healing.
2. The woman caught adultery was pulled out of bed, naked and thrown alone in front of Jesus while the crowd waited to throw stones at her until she died. When the religious leaders asked for an answer from Jesus, mercy and truth came to light – the one without sin can throw the first stone. God's mission is forgiveness.
3. A certain tax collector called Zacchaeus heard that Jesus came to his city and ran to see him. Since he was small, he had to climb a tree. Jesus took note of him up in that tree, saw that his heart had run to him, and called for Zacchaeus to have dinner with him.
While Jesus eats with this sinner, Zacchaeus gets up and says: “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my property to the poor, and if I cheated someone for anything, I will pay back four times the amount. “God's mission is redemption.
4. The Samaritan woman at the well. How many religious strikes did she have against her? She was a woman who had several husbands, lived with a man but was not married, and was a Samaritan woman (a people that the Israelites despised). Even the disciples of Jesus were surprised that he served them. Jesus could not only reach them, but the entire area. God's mission is for everyone.
The importance of whoever
There is a reason why the most cited verse in the Bible is John 3:16.
Because God loved the world so much that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes in him does not perish but has eternal life.
Whoever. Whoever will admit that he is mentally ill. Whoever runs to the great doctor and says, "Jesus, only you can heal my soul." Whoever receives the perfect righteousness only available through Jesus – the love of God who eats with sinners.
God made the one who had no sin a sin for us so that we could become God's righteousness in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
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Danielle Bernock is an international, award-winning author, speaker and coach who helps people take on their value and heal their souls through the power of God's love. She has written Emerging With Wings, A Bird Named Payn (now available as audio), Love & # 39; s Manifesto and Because You Are Important. Danielle is a long-time follower of Christ and lives with her husband in Michigan near their grown children and grandchildren. For more information or to connect with Danielle https://www.daniellebernock.com/