Joe Manafo is a filmmaker, church planter, and author of the book "...And We Will Become a Happy Ending". Joe talks about the kind of people Jesus sat with and how we have it all wrong - "The table is a place where the divide between the sacred and the secular dissolves". www.ahappyending.ca/
Sit With Those Who Jesus Sat With
Jesus sat at all the wrong tables with all the wrong people. Food, drink, drunks, whores, and hospitality. And it is to this very table that he invites us to sit. No reservations are required, yet spots are limited only by the number of guests that choose to attend.
The Gospel of Matthew says: "The table is a place of unending first starts".
In John, The table is a place where doubt is validated and questions carry no penalty.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul says "The table is a place where the divide between the sacred and secular dissolves."
In first Peter The table is described as the place "where our deepest wounds are healed."
To this end, Jesus commissions his followers to be party planners. To recreate his table in homes and whore houses alike. To invite any and all, to serve well and plenty, until each has their fill and all the leftovers are collected like in the story of the feeding of the five thousand.
In celebrating their fellowship around the table, the early Christians testified that the messianic age, often pictured as a banquet, had begun.
Dwelling on the life of Jesus, author Henri Nouwen said: "This is our vocation: to convert the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced."
We become the Happy Ending when we sit with those whom Jesus sat, and are referred to as Jesus was... drinking and eating, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.