Jesus, the Glutton and Drunkard

When asked by the disciples of John the Baptist as to whether or not Jesus was the Messiah to come, Jesus replied:

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” – Luke 7:22-23

That was good news for many but not for the Pharisees and law experts.  They didn’t like the rules Jesus played by because it involved hanging around the tax collectors and sinners.  So, according to Jesus, they accused him of being “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7.34).

Do you ever wonder what it was that brought such an accusation against Jesus?  Could it just be that Jesus was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard because he was actually eating and drinking with such sinners?  I think so and I think it says a lot about how churches might go about engaging their neighbors and community in a post-christendom culture.

Below is the sermon I preached for the Columbia Church of Christ on this subject from Luke 7:18-35.  This is a sermon that may have got me fired in some churches but I am thankful for the Columbia Church of Christ having an open mind that can think missionally.  You can download the sermon, which is about 25 minutes long.

Luke 7.18-35 _A Glutton and Drunkard

If you have listened to the sermon, I would love to hear your reactions and thoughts.  I am not trying in the sermon to present a “how to” method or an easy “1-2-3 step” plan, rather I am trying to provoke the missional imagination in us.

2 responses to “Jesus, the Glutton and Drunkard

  1. Yesterday, Mary and I had a friend over from work; we like him; he is a mess; he invited himself over; he likes us too. While here he showed us his on-line art work; all of it had the aroma of lostness; some was pornographic. But we have contact with a man who has never allowed himself to see the Lord. So, pray for him; he has a Christian wife, and I think the key to this man is the awakening of his wife. But, some might say now that my wife and I are the friend of pornographers. 🙂 But this did arouse in me a meditation; the flood of porn in the world, especially in the West; I think it is the distal consequence of the iconoclasm of Western, monophysite ecclesiology. Denying the icon which is an immediate consequence and testimony to the Resurrection, we have opened the floodgate to anti-icons, that are windows, not into heaven, but into hell. We must confess the incarnation in all of our doctrine, including our ecclesiology.

    • That’s great. Be the friend of a pornographer, as God loves him too. And may God deliver him from his world of darkness into the light of the Incarnate One, Jesus Christ!

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