I am about to begin reading a book by Leonard Sweet titled, The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong. It talks about all the things Jesus did and the places he went that were...well, pretty "unpleasant." Jesus spent loads of time with people who didn’t smell very good, or look very good or were deemed unworthy by the culture of the day. He spent time we people in the filth of their day to day lives. He lived with fishermen, who just by occupation, were pretty smelly at times. I am sure there were times that Christ, probably, didn’t smell very good himself! In Matthew 9: 10-13, we find just one example of Jesus not hanging out with the “righteous.” 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” In this example, he dives right into the midst of people who were despised by the community. The tax collectors were known for taking too much from the people and enforcing the powers of the Roman oppressors. Yet, he willingly gave himself to them. “Eating together” was a significant thing of the day. If you were an “upstanding,” “high and mighty” person you would never eat with, let alone go into the house of someone not worthy. Something like that would wreck your reputation forever! Thankfully, Jesus is not concerned with wrecking his rep by hanging out with low-life like us. Let’s face it: no one in this world is worthy enough to hang out with the Son of God. But you know what? The Son of God loves to hang out with people like us. He loves to change lives and like he says, (paraphrasing) “If you’re not sick, you won’t need fixing.” – We all need fixing!