July 28, 20150 comments
The Lord Jesus Himself is the divine example of participation in Christian social activities. The four gospels record numerous occasions of His eating in someone's home and of His attendance at feasts and weddings. He performed his first miracle at a wedding celebration in Cana. One of his most moving parables, that of the return of the prodigal son, reaches its climax with the father exclaiming with joy, "Let's have a feast and celebrate" (Luke 15:23). Jesus said of Himself that the Son of Man came eating and drinking and that because of his participation, He was called a glutton and a drunkard (see Luke 7:34). While that charge was obviously untrue, it does indicate His reputation as one who thoroughly enjoyed social occasions. By his frequent and hearty participation, He forever stamped God's approval on Christian social activity. He also demonstrated what it was meant to be.
- Jerry Bridges
True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia