7685 - Great Banquet

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Join us as we hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord.

Today we continue our study in Luke 14. Jesus was in the home of a prominent Pharisee having a meal.

Listen to Luke 14:15-24:
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."

Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, `Come, for everything is now ready.' "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.' "Another said, `I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' "Still another said, `I just got married, so I can't come.'

"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.'

"`Sir,' the servant said, `what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'

"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. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

The man who addressed Jesus regarding the feast in the Kingdom of God speaks from the prevailing attitude of the Pharisees who assumed they were on their way to heaven because of their outward righteousness based on good works.

The parable given by Jesus attacks this major premise, and attempts to open their understanding to the fact that Jews, like all others, receive admission to heaven by humbly accepting the offer of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. No amount of good works will get any person into heaven.
The first invitation to such a great banquet would have been sent to announce the date of the upcoming event. People would reserve the date, and they had an opportunity to decline at that time if they could not come.

On the chosen day, a second invitation was delivered announcing that all was ready, so come on over and enjoy the festivities.

Those who the master had every reason to expect to attend, made excuses. These guests were saying, “We are not coming to your banquet.”

Notice, their excuses are very flimsy. A wise man would view any piece of real estate before signing the deal.

It would also be foolish for any man to buy a string of oxen before looking them over and checking them out.

The third declining guest announces he has just been married. In this culture, marriage was culminated after months of preparation. This person should have let the master know the he could not attend when he received the first invitation.

The master of the banquet was angry over these inconsiderate people. They had violated the social customs.

Keep in mind, all these listening Jews probably associated the parable of Jesus to the Heavenly Banquet.

And now they hear Jesus say that these preoccupied, distracted invitees were no longer welcome to come to the banquet.

Do you think they understood the truth that when the chosen guests for the Kingdom of God refused to heed the call of the Messiah, they were no longer welcome?

Then to hear that the poor, the crippled, the blind and lame were warmly welcomed into the banquet hall, was alarming. The Pharisees did not associate with the lowly.

To understand that the God of Heaven is warmly wooing and inviting such people would be a new thought.

But to understand that Jew and Gentile, the rich and the poor — all people must by faith and faith alone, accept the gift of new life in Jesus to qualify for heaven, was an earthquake to their heart and mind.

But it’s true. The only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ. If you have never received this gift, then cry out to Jesus now. Invite Him in.