Sunday, March 12, 2017
The Parable of a Grand Banquet
For several years, I’ve wanted to write about the Parables of Jesus. They are such beautiful stories which Jesus used to illustrate a point. Besides just sharing these parables here, I also had always hoped to examine them and bring them into a modern light. Unfortunately, my schedule from now until after Easter isn’t going to allow me to do that. I hate to be a slacker, but for now I am simply going to share some of my favorites with you.
And maybe you can pick up some nuggets of wisdom from the words of Christ.
The Parable of a Grand Banquet, Luke 14 (New Century Version)
15 One of those at the table with Jesus heard these things and said to him, “Blessed are the people who will share in the meal in God’s kingdom.”
16 Jesus said to him, “A man gave a big banquet and invited many people. 17 When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come. Everything is ready.’
18 “But all the guests made excuses. The first one said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go look at it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.’ 20 A third person said, ‘I just got married; I can’t come.’ 21 So the servant returned and told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, ‘Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 Later the servant said to him, ‘Master, I did what you commanded, but we still have room.’ 23 The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full. 24 I tell you, none of those whom I invited first will eat with me.’”
Would you go to the banquet if you were invited?