Jesus came “Eating and Drinking”

In his book, A Meal With Jesus, Tim Chester points out the many times Jesus is pictured eating with people in Luke’s Gospel,

  1. In Luke 5 Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners at the home of Levi.
  2. In Luke 7 Jesus is anointed at the home of Simon the Pharisee during a meal.
  3. In Luke 9 Jesus feeds the five thousand.
  4. In Luke 10 Jesus eats in the home of Martha and Mary.
  5. In Luke 11 Jesus condemns the Pharisees and teachers of the law at a meal.
  6. In Luke 14 Jesus is at a meal when he urges people to invite the poor to their meals rather than their friends.
  7. In Luke 19 Jesus invites himself to dinner with Zacchaeus.
  8. In Luke 22 we have the account of the Last Supper.
  9. In Luke 24 the risen Christ has a meal with the two disciples in Emmaus, and then later eats fish with the disciples in Jerusalem (p.10)

To top it all, Luke emphasizes that Jesus came into the world “eating and drinking” (Luke 7:34)

Considering this blatant purpose statement, it would appear that sharing meals with people was an important aspect to the Lord’s mission.

How many outsiders have you eaten with recently? Got any stories or experiences?

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB where he is committed to challenging Santa Barbara's independence by calling the city to follow Jesus. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting Peoples, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on June 13, 2011, in community, mission and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Jesus came “Eating and Drinking”.

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