And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why with tax gatherers and sinners your Teacher eats?”
I have just wrapped up teaching a little ‘kind-of’ logic course, and the very end of the course is about scientific method. One of the things you use in scientific method is called “hypothesis.” If you will, hypothesis is a way of asking a question. And when you are engaging in scientific method, you need to have a good hypothesis…you need to ask good questions, or you don’t get good and usable answers.
The Pharisees have really asked a pretty good question. “Why, with tax gatherers and sinners, your Teacher eats?”
It says in Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man…who does not sit in the seat of scoffers.” Who you sit with, who you recline with at table, means something. They have asked a good question. Let me ask another question.
Why would Jesus eat with us?
That is the picture in one of the offerings. The peace offering. You take the sacrifice, you cook it, and then you sit down with your family in the presence of God Almighty and you eat. And what is happening is that the smoke from the offering goes up to Yahweh, and the picture is that He ‘eats’ too.
And then Jesus comes…He sets a table for us. Here in this little outpost of the City of God, in the midst of the City of Man. As it says in Psalm 23, He sets a table for us in the presence of the enemy, if you will. And He speaks to us in broken bread and poured-out wine. He sets before us a sign that points to Him, to His sacrifice and His victory. This is the meal of victory. And He sets a seal upon us. He strengthens our faith and He seals it.
Paul writes this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Brothers and sisters in Christ…you proclaim “I may be a tax gatherer. I may be a sinner. My Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins. He died to heal me. He is my physician. And to say that to me, He calls me into His presence and I get to recline with Him at Table in the Kingdom of God.”