One Sabbath, Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent religious leader.
A man there was suffering from abnormal swelling. That prompted this question from Jesus:
“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”
But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.
Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.
When Jesus noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Great Physician who continually demonstrates that the time is always right for doing right.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Humble yourself, “for all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
And when you throw a shindig, don’t invite all the usual suspects — instead, invite the less fortunate and you will be blessed.
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