“Do You Have An Excuse, or Are You Going?”
Please read the following verses. Luke 14:15-24
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ 23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'”
Jesus has finished some problematic teaching. You might take the time to read chapter 14 from the beginning. Then He told the parable you just read.
In this parable, the ones who did not come to the banquet were the Jewish people. The Lord God had sent their Messiah, and they missed Him.
Because they missed Him and would not accept Him, the Lord God turned to the gentiles. The Jewish people believed the gentiles to be unsavable, but as this parable suggests, they were not beyond the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Every person that has lived receives an invitation to trade our sins for Christ’s blood. Another way of looking at it is if we accept the pardon that Christ offers to all, our sins are taken as far as the east is from the west. That is unmeasurable.
I ask you again, are you making excuses, or will you be at the banquet?
You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;