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Luke 14:15–24 NLT
Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” Jesus replied with this 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 just got married, 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.’ ”

THE OFFERED INVITATION

Our Spirituality, Those who “eat bread in the kingdom of God.” "Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”

"Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”

The Story—vv. 16–17. Jesus uses a parable to explain a truth. “16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.”

16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’

Rest for the Soul: “28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Our rejoicing—. The joy of accepting His invitation. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

3. rejoicing—. The joy of accepting His invitation.

An invitation is of no value unless it is accepted. Christ offers many invitations. Accept them and enjoy serving Him.

An invitation is of no value unless it is accepted. Christ offers many invitations. Accept them and enjoy serving Him.

THE OPPOSED INVITATION, it’s all or none. Remember? 100% OBEDIENT to God’s calling.

Let’s look at just three excuses we have used for centuries as well as today. These are the same excuses that man has been using for years among others.....

Note the three different excuses. These are the same excuses that man has been using for years.

Our Possessions—v. 18. A man bought some property and wanted to see it. However, you do not look at property at night. Possessions keep many people from full surrender to God.

Our Work, or career —v. 19. A man bought some oxen. He wanted to work them at night. However, no farmer works at night! Work and extra work keep many from following the Lord.

Family—v. 20. This man was married and could not attend. However, his wife hadn’t kept him from work or from other duties. The family should not come between God and man. Note the words of Jesus in

Don’t allow any of these to keep you from following the Lord. Put Christ first (). Allow Him to be your Lord and Master.

“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

OUR OPEN INVITATION

We are Commanded to go..... “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.’

21 “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.’

What about the Poor—the beggars, the neighbors, the community? Those without money should be invited and welcomed in the church.

Let’s not avoid the Maimed, the crippled both physically, spiritually, mentally. All men are crippled by sin. They need Christ.

The Blind—all men are spiritually blind.

4. Blind—all men are spiritually blind.

Where is our Concern? Many are invited; (Are they?) Have they been invited? There is still room for more to attend. “After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.”

Are we being Compelling? Go into the highway and hedges (where the poor dwell) and compel people to come in. Compel means an urgent invitation. “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.”

23 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.

What about our Spiritual Character? Just exactly how many excuses do you have? “For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.”

24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’ ”

AMEN

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