Thursday, August 21, 2008
Jesus The Drunkard
Wooah, hold up. Before you start throwing stones, read this direct quote from one of the major biographies of Jesus:
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners".
Jesus was accused of being a drunkard. And it wasn't just because some people couldn't understand his controversial teachings. It was because he 'came eating and drinking.'
We don't know whether Jesus ever really was drunk, but we do know he had no aversion to turning water into wine. And we're not talking one glass!
Jesus is at a wedding party where everyone has already had too much to drink, having finished off every last drop. Jesus decides that this is the appropriate moment to fill six jars full to the brim with the finest wine. Get this: each jar held atleast 20 gallons!
No wonder Jesus is accused of being a drunkard. No wonder the religious authorities couldn't stand him.
It's easy to just think about Jesus as a man who had the audacity to claim to be the most important individual of all time. Indeed, there's no denying he's had more effect on the world than anyone else.
But within the revolutionary world visions, Jesus was also a man who loved to make the most of ordinary everyday moments; he loved socialising with anyone and everyone; this was a man who knew how to party!