“The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation
I want to share with you something that happened recently and I believe it will paint a good picture for our understanding. I recently received a friend request from a gentleman. I was vaguely familiar with him so I went to his Facebook page and just looked at it to see different things. The gentleman had various quotes from different authors and well-known world leaders, some that are alive and some that have now passed on. Now I know better but a religious thought came to my mind like, “Ahhh I don’t know, all this meditation and enlightenment stuff…..” I had some other thoughts as well but then, I caught myself and accepted his friend request. When I went back later and looked further I noticed there were people from all types of different faiths and beliefs in this group. Then I thought of Jesus. Many times Christians have no influence with other people because of their judgmental, I am better than you attitude. I have also seen and in the past been guilty of saying, “I’m not going to hang around those people so they don’t contaminate me. I learned that from church sadly. BUT THAT IS NOT HOW JESUS IS!!!! Thank God!! Because if he was, then Jesus would have never hung around YOU!
The scripture above is an inditement, and enlightenment and wake up call for the Body of Christ. To summarize what happened, the religious people in Jesus’s time were accusing Jesus basically of not being holy. Why? Because Jesus drank wine (Yes Jesus drank wine), and hung out with tax collectors and sinners. One translation says He hung out with notorious sinners. Now think about that as you sing, “I want to be more and more like Jesus!”. Really? Jesus did not let man’s opinion put Him into condemnation because He knew that no matter what He did or didn’t do that the religious people would still find fault with Him. But don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it!!
For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19The Son of Man on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation
Did you see what Jesus said? He said “John was with you and he did not eat (meat and other dainties as it was known John ate locust and wild honey) or drink wine. But you still said John was possessed of a demon. Now the Son of Man comes to you feasting and drinking and you say that he is a drunkard and a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Now here is the key. Look carefully at the last thing Jesus said. But wisdom is shown to be right by its results. In other words you can say whatever you want about me eating and drinking and hanging with sinners but look at the results. They are undeniable!!! In the Old Testament when a clean person touched the unclean such as a person with leprosy, they became unclean too. But in the New Testament when Jesus and his disciples touched the unclean the unclean became clean like them. We’re not here to be changed by the world but to change the world. Jesus knew that. But how are you going to change them if you won’t even be bothered with them, take time to talk to them and find out what is going on in their life? Jesus was a master at this and some of the things that believers and ministers say you should not be doing Jesus was doing.
Now the Bible says He knew no sin, He did no sin and in Him is no sin. I have come to learn that many times some ministers will put rules and laws on people out of their personal problems, habits and challenges. But the book of Romans 14:22 says, “Happy is the man that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Now let me make it clear, this is no license to sin and most believers know what sin is. We are not here to join sinners in their sin. This is a license to freedom and more importantly to free others. Jesus was constantly in social settings causing influence for The Father by His very Presence. That same Jesus is on the inside of you. I encourage you go infect somebody today at your job, at dinner or at happy hour. Imagine if Jesus decided to stay away from you because of some of the things you have done. NONE OF US WOULD BE SAVED. Some people will disagree and take this the wrong way but I don’t care and neither does Jesus. If Jesus did He would have gotten up from where He was and never hung out with sinners again. But then He would not have been controlled by The Holy Spirit but by man’s opinion. I don’t know about you but as for me and my house THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, FOREVER!!! The Word of God says, “Greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world..” Jesus was called the ‘friend’ of sinners. May you by His Grace and for His Glory have the same title. Amen!!!!
All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!