Yesterday, Jesus used a feast to make some awesome points about humility and compassion. Today he takes it a step further.
One of the people at the table with Jesus said to him, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus responded with a little story:
“A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’
“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
(Luke 14:15-24 NLT)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the servant sent by God to invite people to his heavenly party.
2. What exactly should we do?
Accept God’s generous invitation. Now. No excuses.
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