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The Big Party - 23rd February 2021

The parable of the great banquet

"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 compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet'" (Luke 14:15–24).

 

The story illustrates:

  • God longs for everyone to receive his kindness and generosity, blessing any who accept his invitation 
  • Responding to God needs to be a higher priority than other issues
  • The New Testament principle that ‘the last shall be first and the first, last’
  • Those who turn their back on God’s offer might ultimately discover that they may be excluded from entering his kingdom.

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