Let’s talk Jesus

facebook “Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.” Matthew 9:10

A friend shared this post above on Facebook. It speaks for itself. I take no offense to such things. I see them as opportunities to share the whole counsel of God rather than the politically correct Jesus snippets so common in our day. You want to talk Jesus then let’s talk Jesus. Right?

We could chase after this post as to its contextual and biblical inaccuracy, but I’m sure the creators of it weren’t looking to teach a Bible lesson. We’ll just say it has some flaws. Do you think the proponents of this meme care about its faulty paradigm? Should they?

My initial reaction came in the form of a question: Why? Why did Jesus have dinner with (thieves and whores) tax collectors and sinners? Having dinner with someone was no small deal in that culture. Maybe Jesus sat with them to condone, affirm and celebrate their extortion and promiscuity. That would be the loving thing to do, would it not? Jesus being winky, winky with sin.

The religious folks saw what was going on and asked the disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (v.11) When Jesus heard what they said, He responded, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” (v.12) What does Jesus mean when he says His dinner companions aren’t well but sick? Where’s the love in that? Then THIS Jesus declares, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (v.13) And if they chose NOT to respond to His call – then what? What becomes of those thieves and whores?

Jesus shared dinner with other people too. He ate with those religious folks. They considered themselves to be righteous. Jesus told them, “You are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matt 23:27) Ouch! They were sinners as well. Jesus came to call sinners. And if they chose NOT to respond to His call – then what? What becomes of those whitewashed tombs?

The 1st chapter of Romans tells us about the “first table” of sinners (thieves and whores and yes, homosexuals, and much more). The 2nd chapter of Romans tells us about the “second table” of sinners (self-righteous moralists and hypocrites). In the third chapter, we’re told, “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (v.23)

It matters not which table you sit at; ALL of us are sinners, and Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus told another tax collector by the name of Zacchaeus, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:1-10) Have you been found? Have you been saved? You want to talk Jesus, let’s start with that.

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