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Luke 5:27-32

27  After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”

28  And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

29  And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.

30  And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31  And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

32  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

3 Questions

Why follow Jesus?

Why do meals matter?

Why did Jesus eat with “shady” people?

WHY FOLLOW JESUS?

Luke 5.27-28

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

Mark 2:13-14  He went out again beside the sea,  …  as he passed by, he saw Levi  

Matthew 9:9  As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, …..

Luke 5.27-28 … Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything he rose and followed him.

Mark 1

18  . . . left their nets and followed him.                   

20 … left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Why do meals matter?

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.

“Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal. . . . Someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way to becoming one.” – Carolyn Steel

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com (together) & panis (bread)

together bread

 

The Son of Man came . . .

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Luke 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, …

Luke 5 Eats with tax collectors and sinners at the home of Levi.
Luke 7 Anointed at the home of Simon the Pharisee during a meal.
Luke 9 Feeds the five thousand.
Luke 10 Eats in the home of Martha and Mary.
Luke 11 Condemns the Pharisees and teachers of the law at a meal.
Luke 14 At a meal he urges people to invite the poor to their meals.
Luke 19 Invites himself to dinner with Zacchaeus.
Luke 22 The Lord’s Supper.
Luke 24 A meal with disciples in Emmaus, later eats fish w/ other disciples.

Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.

The Son of Man came eating and drinking.

It is not complicated. It’s not always easy.

Why did Jesus eat with “shady” people?

30  And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Luke’s description: “tax collectors and others” v. 29

Pharisees description: “tax collectors and sinners” v. 30

[Luke 5:12–15] Jesus touches a leper.        

[Luke 5:17–26] Jesus heals and forgives a paralyzed man.

[Luke 5:36–39] New can’t be added onto the old.

HOW DO SHADY PEOPLE BECOME FULLY COMMITTED FOLLOWERS?

Charles Spurgeon

The worldling blesses God while he gives him plenty, but the Christian blesses him when he smites him: he believes him to be too wise to err and too good to be unkind; he trusts him where he cannot trace him, looks up to him in the darkest hour, and believes that all is well.

C.S. Lewis

The Christian does not think that God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

DOCTORS CAN’T AVOID SICK PEOPLE

31  And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.           

32  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

The Lord's Supper

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Isaiah 45:22

“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

Isaiah 55:1

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isaiah 55:6-7

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Ezekiel 18:23

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Ezekiel 33:11

Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

Hosea 6:1

“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

Hosea 11:8

How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.

2 Corinthians 5:20

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.