Luke 14:16-19-Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
God has given me an urgency that I cannot seem to shake. God is sending out a “URGENT” plea called “SALVATION” to all who would hear and receive. The call is to “do it now”! Our soul and our future depends upon our acceptance of Christ invitation to salvation.
This text is part of what is known as the parable of the "Great Banquet".
Jesus was a guest at a dinner where a man that had a disease called "dropsy" was also present. Jesus taught a brief lesson on serving others and the benefit of being repaid at resurrection of the righteous for those who do serve others.
In reply to Jesus' statement, someone at the table said "blessed is the man who eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." Having heard this reply, Jesus now gives the parable of the "Great Banquet".
Jesus told the story of a man who planned a banquet and sent out invitations to his guests. When the food was ready and the banquet was about to get started, the servants were to go and notify the guests that " it is now time to feast at the Lord's table". The meal was ready!
When the invitation was made to come sit and eat, there was one excuse after another as to why the guest could not come. One said he had just bought land and had to go see it, another had just purchased livestock and was unable to come, another said he had just gotten married and had to be with his bride so he could not come either.
What is your excuse on today for rejecting Christ' invitation to come sit and feast at his table? The Jews rejected Him because they did not believe Jesus was God in the flesh.
Jesus was rejected back then and He is still being rejected today by many who are making one excuse after another as to why they have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.
The invitation to salvation has been made available to all through Christ Jesus. To the Jews and Greeks alike, God is calling all to come to Jesus. God is no respecter of persons.
Yes, the world offers many dinners and banquets that are accepted by those who have been deceived by satan that the world’s offer is more better than the offer of Christ through salvation.
Only what we do for Christ will last. Everything else will be counted as dung.
Have you accepted Christ invitation? If not, what is your excuse for rejecting it?
When all the pleasures of this world is over and when all the toils of this world is done away with, where will your soul find rest apart from God?
Rest won’t be found in the big houses, cars, boats, stock markets, job titles, bank accounts, government, material possessions, status, family heritage, spouses, children, etc.
No, rest won’t be found in these things nor anything else here on earth because all earthly possession, titles and status will be left behind when we transition from this life to life everlasting. Every accumulation of earthly things nor every accomplishment here on earth will be of any benefit to our soul in eternity.
The benefits you will receive in eternity will be determined by your acceptance or rejection of Christ while here on earth.
Apart from all your earthly goods, where will you soul find rest when this life is over?
1 John 2:17-The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Jesus is calling! Can you hear his voice? Have you accepted open your invitation to the "Great Banquet" that will be held in heaven?
There is a seat available for you at the "great banquet" in heaven. The question to be answered is will you accept it? Will you come to the dinner and take your seat with Christ?
The invitation to the "banquet" is available to all of us because of the Jews rejection of Christ. The door of salvation is open! The blessings of God is available to all who would accept Christ by faith.
This adoption of the gentiles is prophesied in Hosea 2:23- I will plant my people in the land for myself. I will show mercy on her who has received no mercy I will say to those who are not my people, 'You are my people!' and they will say, 'You are my God.'"
NO MORE EXCUSES! God has given the invitation. It is up to you to "Come" to Jesus for He is the only way to life eternal with God. He is the only one that can invite you and I to this "Great Banquet".
Have you accepted your invitation? If not, what is your excuse for rejecting it? Will the excuse be worth the price you will pay for your soul.
The invitation to salvation is now!!!
Death does not make an apt with us, it just shows up unexpected. Are you ready, or are you still making excuses?
Rejecting an invitation to the greatest banquet! Is this where you find yourself on today? I pray not!
God bless you and do tell the Lord thank you for yet another opportunity to get it right with Him.
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