So the servant returned and told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, ‘Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Later the servant said to him, ‘Master, I did what you commanded, but we still have room.’ The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full. I tell you, none of those whom I invited first will eat with me.’ ” ~ Luke 14:21-23
The rest of the parable is a reminder of God’s Great love for mankind.
He invited many (vs. 16). Those who were first hearing this parable as the Lord spoke it were among those who were first invited to the Kingdom. The Jews were God’s chosen people from Abraham. Though there were those Jewish people who believed and followed Christ, as a whole they rejected Him as Messiah.
Then he invited the ‘poor, maimed, blind and lame” (vs. 21). When the Jewish leaders rejected Christ he went to the publicans, sinners, and Samaritans. These were people that the Jews regarded as ‘dogs’, unworthy of God’s grace and mercy. God, however, did not view his beloved creation this way. Even after opening the doors to all, there was still room.
Then he invited those of ‘the highways and hedges’ (vs. 23). The Gentiles, those afar off, may enjoy the blessings of salvation. The spreading nature of the Kingdom is highlighted here, spreading the open invitation down every path and trail!
The truth is that the invitation to the Great Supper is extended to all. That includes you and me.
“The final image is a reflection of the heart of the master of the banquet. Above all, he is determined that his feast be full, no matter what the social station or class or pedigree of the persons who come. He wants his house to be full, like his heart.” ~ Michael Card, Luke
Why make excuses about why you do not want to serve God? Why turn down the greatest invitation you have ever received? After God has made such a wonderful offer, will you still turn away?
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” ~Isaiah 55:1
Lay down all excuses for coming to God and serving God today! Jesus says for those who will snub such an invitation, there will be no feast. Make up your mind to accept His invitation today!
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