The Invitation and the Excuses

Text: Luke 14:16-24

It is amazing what excuses people make and give for not coming to Christ or for not doing what the Lord is asking them to do. Some are too busy, some too religious to repent, some too worldly, some too proud etc.

The Lord Jesus once focused on this problem. He told the story we see in the scripture passage. It is the story of three kinds of men together with their empty reasons for not responding to the invitation that is given.

The supper time is this present age. The supper itself refers to the blessings and privileges provided for men in the sacrifice of God’s Son.

The many bidden are the Jews who received the first invitation and who had been advised a long time beforehand. The excuses are the silly objections brought by them against Jesus and His claims.

The poor and maimed are the publicans and sinners among both Jew and Gentile who accepted the invitation. Those compelled to come in from the highways and hedges are the strangers afar off who had no hope.

Those who shall never taste of the supper are the unbelieving Jewish nation, who have been cut off.

This parable sets forth great spiritual facts.
1. That God has provided the feast where mankind is invited to eat and drink of the bread and water of life. 2. That not everyone who is invited will accept the invitation.
3. That men will make excuse rather that face the main issue.

Come, for all classes are invited.
1. The poor
2. The maimed – crippled, deprived of limbs. Morally, the ones whose conscience has been seared and whose will-power is cut off.
3. The Halt – Those having all limbs but crippled or deformed.
4. The Blind – Walk pretty straight, but are in blackness of darkness all the time. Outward life right in eyes of men, but unable to see where they are going.

Come for there is still room. Filling fast, but yet still room. Know not hour God may tell his Son to rise and shut the door. Come now is the time. Come!

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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