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Jesus’ Table of Love

By: Admin on April 10, 2014

You can be a guest in anyone’s home, stand in the doorway and visit or even sit on the sofa to talk. You can talk with a business or organization's leader by telephone or even in person in their office. But when you sit down at your host’s table, you become part of the family. When the chairman asks you to sit at the board table, you become part of the company.

A woman who was known throughout her town as a "sinful woman" (a.k.a prostitute) crashed the dinner that a religious leader was hosting. The guest of honour, who the religious leader honestly despised, was Jesus.

The woman would never, ever have been invited to that table. Yet she came because she had heard that Jesus was there. She stood behind him weeping. Her tears fell onto Jesus' feet and she fell down to her knees and began to wipe Jesus' feet with her hair. She broke open an alabaster jar full of expensive perfume and poured it over Jesus' feet, all the while she was weeping, kissing his feet and wiping them with her hair.

The whole story is here. But it ends with the significant declaration of Jesus: Your sins are forgiven.

The religious leader had no forgiveness in his heart. The welcome mat at his house was not intended for her feet to step on. The door was closed and there was no place at his table for a woman like her.

Jesus, on the other hand, is someone full of love. He invited her to his table, reflecting the words of King Solomon in Song of Songs 2:4, "He has brought me to his banquet hall,
And his banner over me is love. (NASB)"

In this verse, "He" is God. The person being brought to the hall is the one God loves.

The "banquet hall" is a place of celebration, joy, eating and partying. God brings us to a place that is full of joy. He is taking the initiative, not just waiting at the door for someone to show up.

"His banner over me is love." The banner in ancient times was the flag of the clan, like a Scottish tartan. It was the colours of the family that demonstrated to everyone who belonged. In the case of God, he brings people to his clan under the pretense and reason of love.

This love is demonstrated to everyone: Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." This is the message of this time of year, Easter.

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Death, separation and loss is the result of our sin. We are separated from God forever except for the marvellous act of love shown by Jesus dying in our place. He not only faced a physical death, he suffered the rejection of people and ultimately of God in our place. All because of love.

Our sins are forgiven. We've been given new life, a new hope and a new family to which we can belong forever. We just need to believe this to be true and for it to be the only way.

Topics: easter, jesus, love, message series

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