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Jesus get’s constantly criticized by the religious elite of His day. They didn’t like who Jesus was hanging out with.

There is good news that Jesus came to save me, a sinner (aka someone who misses God’s goal). Jesus seeks me out. Jesus wants to sit down and eat with me.

And … Jesus wants to sit down and eat with you.

Criticism of Jesus the Messiah’s choice of company: Who will I seek out to tell the good news of Jesus to? Is my message for the religious elites or those who need God? Will I be criticized for who I am hanging out with? Are they the “wrong people”? Are they the broken hearted, the sick, the homeless, the poor?

Jesus wants to know!

  • Matthew 9:11  — When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”
  • Luke 7:39  — Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
  • Luke 19:7  — When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”