Re:Verse reading–Luke 15:1-2; 11-32 (day one)
“This man receives sinners and eats with them.”–v 2.
I would probably have been uncomfortable. You? Jesus received sinners. Ate with them. Didn’t that blur the line of moral certainty? Communicate acceptance or approval?
Why would He do it? Great question!
In three brilliant stories Jesus provides the answer. Lost sheep. Lost coin. Waiting Father. The bottom line of each is the same. Joy!
The reason that Jesus ate with sinners is rooted in the nature and purpose of God. Heaven rejoices over repentance. Even a single case! The great purpose of God is evangelism and rescue and repentance and restoration. Nothing makes Him happier.
To aim for your own happiness is one kind of life. To aim for the joy of the Father is another. “Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.”–2 Corinthians 5:9. And the way we do it is evangelism.