When we think of the scene of this, Jesus is with the Pharisees, and he healed a man on the Sabbath Day and they began to challenge Him.
This time of year, we have great gatherings, great meals. Who do we invite? Friends and family.
- Luke 14:12-15
What is Jesus saying? Who do we invite? What’s the benefits of the big dinner with friends and family?It’s to encourage one another, to grow relationships.
Even in the world we live in we see people gathering for big events to have common fellowship.
When we think of the church, what’s the benefit of the church, and fellowship in the church? The great wisdom of God shows us the importance of working together for the same benefit. If we were trying to be a Christian alone, it would be so much more difficult.
When people get together, what’s often at the center of it? A meal.
- Luke 14:15-24
We see this story that Jesus tells because they challenged him over the “bread of heaven.” We know he’s talking about the kingdom.
Blessings of the Great Supper, vs. 15-17
- Isaiah 25:6-9
When we have feasts and gatherings, don’t we have these things? We get to be together and encourage one another. We’re all touched by difficulties, but in the church we are comforted with each other.
The Invitation to the Supper of our Lord, many are asked. We must come in order to receive.
The first admonition is the supper, the second is to come now.. for all things are ready.
What happens when things are ready, and we decline our opportunity to be there, to partake of the great supper, we lose the benefits of the great supper.
What do you think of the host?
They all began to make excuses.
Excuses for Not Accepting the Invitation to the Supper
- Deuteronomy 24:5
- 1 Corinthians 7:33
- Ephesians 2:4-7
“Nothing teaches u s about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” — C.H. Spurgeon
When we make excuses in our lives, we make the things of God to be less important than God.We make our relationship with Him, trivial.
Are we Giving Our Best
Does God’s offer to have salvation, take preeminence in our lives?
- Matthew 10:28
Who do we fear? If we truly fear God we will be obedient to Him.
- Luke 13:24-20
There will be many who think they are pleasing him, who are not. We must think carefully about these things.
- Matthew 25:34,
- Matthew 28:20
We know He will be with us when we are faithful to Him. We need to be sure we are doing the things He asks us to do.
People tend to do better when we are loved. When you think of the Savior, He gave His life for us, He went to the cross for us. His love is so strong.
“I believe people are more inclined to do their best, not when they veel loved, but when they feel loved regardless.” — Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
He loves us so much He sent His only begotten son to die for our sins.
When people have such disregard for His word, it’s hard to fathom.
- Romans 5:8,9
We need to let Jesus know by our actions what we think of Him.
All are Invited! vs. 21-2321-23
- Find those who will come
- Look everywhere
- Ask anyone
What’s your personal reaction to God’s word? Are we like those who made excuses and wanted to run? Or are we being accepting of the invitation that He gives?
- Psalm 100
"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it." — Ernest Holmes
If We Reject the Invitation to the Supper
We will not enjoy the blessings of the feast. If we reject we will not inherit eternal life.
- Romans 1:16, Salvation
How do you accept the invitation ?You have to hear the word, believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess Jesus before men, and be baptized to have your sins washed away..
This supper is available today. We’re all invited to be part of the supper. We have to ask ourselves if we have accepted the invitation in the way He requires. Maybe I have accepted but have not been faithful to follow Him.
Today, as we think of the great supper, and that we each have this invitation. Do we take it for granted? Look at yourself and ask yourself if you will accept this invitation.
- David Wiesemann, Elder Image Acknowledgement: Photo by Nadia Valko on Unsplash