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