Monday, February 16, 2015

Why DOES He Eat With Tax Collectors and Sinners? - Mark 2:13-17 Post 7

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At first this doesn't sound much like a dinner I would want to attend. (Mark 2:15-17).  Sinners and tax collectors rubbing shoulders.  Pharisees on the outskirts looking down their noses, thinking they're "healthy".  But there's no one healthy here (there is no one righteous, not even one) (Rom. 3:10-11).

Except You.

Not the sinners and tax collectors, who are admitting they "need a doctor" and following You.

Not the Pharisees, who aren't admitting anything but whose illness consumes them (Matt. 23:27) while they go on pretending they don't belong here. 

"Why is he eating with tax collectors and sinners?" (Mark 2:16).

Why? Who else is there for You to eat with here?  Eat with sinners, or eat alone.  You could have eaten alone - but then, if that's what You wanted, You wouldn't have bothered to come. 

You don't need to stay away from "sinners" to stay pure - as if anything could ever contaminate You, the One whose holiness would kill us instantly if we weren't somehow even now protected by You, by Your hand that yet waits a little longer - 

You who have the power to forgive sins
You can purify us all...
but we must come to the dinner. (Luke 14:15-24)(Luke 22:14-20).
Not to stand off to the side and watch but
to eat and drink with You and Your disciples, with You and the others who follow You
This bread...This wine...

You are eating with sinners because we need so desperately to eat with You.  This is the one dinner I must not miss.

Sinners come to this meal - this feast that You have laid before us -
Sinners come and drink the wine and eat the bread
Sinners come and look at You and are grateful to be in Your presence
Sinners talking and laughing with each other but humbled because we all know where we have come from and
what a wonder it is that we are all here with You
that You are here with us
at this feast.
At this feast for sinners
whose only hope is You.

You will be served up to heal us
to make us clean again.
Your body broken, Your blood poured out 
for sinners
the feast spread before us
is You. 

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