“And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:15-17)

The passage above shows that Jesus cared not about whether the sinners and tax collectors deserved to break bread with him or not. He made it perfectly clear that anyone who is willing to take in the body and blood of Christ, anyone who is willing to sit at the table with him, should be welcomed to the breaking of the bread. The reason for this is not because human beings deserve such an honour –rather, it is because they need it.

The symbolic Bread and Wine is a free gift for all –sinners and saints alike. God wants everyone to be given the opportunity to become one with His son, Jesus Christ. In fact, God wishes even more so for the sinners to partake in Christ’s body and blood, that they may return to Him and be saved.

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