**This post is part of the current series “Who Was Jesus? Practical Ways to Teach Our Children About Who Christ IS” You can find the entire series linked up here when we are done.**
My dad was famous for saying things like… “You are known by the company you keep” and “If you lie with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas” or “You can’t roost with the owls and fly with the eagles”. He was MORE famous for throwing those little quips at me or one of my sisters, clanging a wooden spoon against a pot, and flicking the light on at about noon, when trying to get some “beauty” sleep after making some less than honorable choices in staying out late the night before.
During any political campaign, we can often see candidates attempting to disgrace their opponent by associating them with individuals deemed by some to be of questionable character. Guilt by association. As adults, there are probably a list of certain individuals that we can all think of that we would never be caught hanging out with for fear of what it might say about our morality.
Yet…. Christ’s life was filled with different types of associations that were questioned by his disciples…
Mark 2:15-17While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”