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Jesus gets in trouble a lot. The religious elites don’t like who He hangs out with.

They let Jesus know. They let the disciples of Jesus know.

And … Jesus wants to sit down and eat with me. Jesus wants to sit down and eat with you. Jesus is smiling and in a good mood. Jesus has good news for us.

It is time to listen.

When the religious elites and leaders (aka Pharisees) saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and those who have missed God’s goal (aka sinners)?”Matthew 9:11

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.

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!

  • 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.