The Great Adventure – Dinner With A Sinner

“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Mark 2:15-16
Jesus was so obviously offensive and morally incorrect the Pharisees and scribes didn’t even have to give a reason for their displeasure. All they had to do was state the obvious fact Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners, and the guilt was plain to everyone. In other words, separatism and ritual purity took precedence over winning someone back to God’s law through restoration. Jesus was unclean and lawless as far as the Pharisees were concerned. Jesus must join the sinners in their meals because He is like them. No righteous person would do such things.
It’s one thing to minister to the outcasts and sinners in public preaching; it’s quite another to go to their parties. Jesus did both. It made everyone in the religious power structure uneasy, anxious, and even belligerent. But Jesus came to Earth on a mission. A little disapproval from some religious snobs didn’t slow Him down. Jesus’ purpose was not to cause controversy but to share salvation and fellowship with His new disciple and His friends. To this day, the best way for people to come to Christ is through being introduced to Him by a Christian friend, a person they trust and have seen demonstrate Christ’s love. True friendship leads others to understanding the love of God. Levi invited his friends over to experience Jesus because he wanted them feel the forgiveness and acceptance he felt. May you experience God’s love so powerfully you share it with others. May God’s love in you be so great you continue to have dinner with sinners.
In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn