Would Jesus Attend a Super Bowl Party?
Mary and I didn’t get to go to our annual Super Bowl Party because our friends who invite us had to go to an office party and we got pre-empted. Seriously, it worked out great. Mary and I got to hang out with our daughter-in- law and three of our grandkids at her parent’s home. But what about all these Super Bowl party’s taking place on a Sunday night?
The debate about whether or not to have Sunday night church on Super Bowl Sunday still raises its head, but a more important question is whether or not my friends should accept the invitation from their friends at work to come and hang out? How do those of us who follow Jesus keep relationally connected with those who don’t know Jesus, many of whom hardly give Him a thought?
When Jesus was here on earth, who did He “party” with? Luke has made it clear that Jesus was a good Jew. He attended synagogue regularly, but in today’s passage Luke also tells us that Jesus got into deep trouble with the pious religionists who attended synagogue with Him. Let’s find out why.
“Now after Jesus healed the paralytic, He left and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collecting table. He said, ‘Follow me.’ Leaving everything, he got up and followed Jesus. Now Levi prepared a great banquet in his house, and a crowd responded—tax collectors and a lot of others, all reclining together.
Then the Pharisees and their legal experts complained to Jesus’ disciples, ’Why are you eating and drinking with tax-collectors and sinners?’ Jesus overheard them and said, ‘It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I’ve not come to call the righteous to repent but the sinners.’” Luke 5:27-32
As I read Luke’s account I have to decide whether I agree with him about who he portrays as the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” I have to decide whether or not I’m confident enough in Jesus’ ability to heal that I will actually keep in contact with those who need to see how Jesus has forgiven this sinner. We’ve got to stay in contact with the sick.
LORD, thanks for the invitations I’ve been able to accept to go to rodeos to give the opening prayer, to pray for good weather for a motor cycle club’s annual toy run, and to teach “World Religions” at a secular college. Help Mary and me to allow Your Son to help us to go to dinner parties with folks who haven’t discovered yet what a powerful sin doctor Your Son actually is.
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