When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. (Luke 7:36)
Throughout the gospels we read of Jesus eating with individuals all the time. Sitting down with someone at the table was a way of extending fellowship, hospitality, and letting an individual know he or she matters. The table was a symbol of association, a place where the lives of individuals connected with each other.
Jesus ate with all sorts of different people and it didn’t matter if they were “sinners” or “saints.” He was seen being invited into the homes of “sinners” for a meal, and the “saints” didn’t like it. Regardless, Jesus sat at their table.
He was seen eating with the “saints” despite knowing they didn’t like his associating with the “sinners.” Regardless, Jesus sat at their table.
And even when the worlds of the “sinners” and “saints” collided, sometimes at the very same table, Jesus sat with them. Jesus was willing to sit across the table from whoever invited him there. Are we?