Supper’s Ready! Come!!!
As Jesus continued his conversation with the guests who had been invited to the Pharisee’s dinner with Him, He challenged them to get their eyes off themselves and on the needs of others, Luke 14:15 tells us of one who missed the whole point by focusing on his own blessing at the Heavenly Banquet. Focused only on himself he remarked, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God.”
With that Jesus gently refocuses his attention and our attention on our responsibility as Christians to reach out to the lost with the Gospel invitation by telling another story in verse 16-24. Let’s look at that story.
The Great Supper Jesus refers to is a picture of the supper of salvation to which many are invited according to verse 16. Actually, everyone is invited. Listen to just three of the many invitations in the Bible to be saved.
“Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1
Continue reading the rest of the invitation in verses 2 and 3. This Gospel invitation is for anyone who hungers and thirsts after righteousness to come to Christ and receive His free and gracious gift of salvation by faith alone. This is right in line with what Jesus said in His Beatitudes in Matthew 5:6. For more on this, see our series on the Beatitudes on this web site.
The next invitation you probably know by heart. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The final invitation of the Bible in Revelation 22:17 pleads one more time with sinners, “And the Spirit (God’s Holy Spirit) and the Bride (the believer) say come. And let him that heareth say come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
Will you come right now and confess to God that you are a sinner? Ask Him to save and cleanse you from your sins. Trust Jesus, God’s Son in human flesh who came down to this earth to shed His blood and die as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. He rose again the third day, proving He was God. The price of our salvation has been paid in full by Christ. Will you receive Him by faith this moment? He will give you assurance of your salvation and you can continue reading with joy, knowing you are a child of God. You can find much more on this all important topic of SALVATION on this web site.
Returning to Jesus’ story in Luke 14:16, note that a certain man planned a great feast and invited many. When the supper was fully prepared he sent his servants to let the invited guests know is was now time to come. They made excuses and refused to come. We will deal with those excuses in the next article.
Right now, let’s focus on the responsibility of the servants to go and invite the guests. When the guests made their excuses for not coming, the master became angry and said to His servants, GO out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in the poor, and the maimed and the halt and the blind.
Many came, but there was still room for more; so the Master continued challenging His servants to go out into the highways and hedges and compel the people to come in that the house may be filled.
If all of us obeyed our Master, I expect our half empty churches would be filled to overflowing and we would have to plant sister churches to help reach our towns and cities and rural areas with the Gospel. Such evangelism is going on all over the world. What’s happened to us in America? Is it possible that America, who was once the primary nation for sending missionaries around the world, is now in our selfishness and self-indulgence going to become the mission field?
The most difficult thing for a Christian to do is to GO! Once we are talking with others, it’s not nearly so difficult! The difficult thing is GOING! That’s why The Bible emphasizes a Christian’s feet. “How beautiful are the FEET of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.” Rom. 10:15
Speaking of our armour in Ephesians 6, Paul emphasizes that our FEET need to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.” Vs 15
The invitation we bring is simple. “Come, for all things are now ready.” Luke 14:17 Christ died for our sins. All we need to do is receive His gift of salvation by faith. There is not another thing we can do to add to the completed work of Christ. Just receive Him as a beggar would receive a hand out. God will save you freely by His grace. Salvation costs you nothing but humbling yourself before Him and receiving His gracious Gift.
Once you are a Christian, you will be so overwhelmed with His love and grace to you, that you will gladly present your body as a living sacrifice to Him. Living the Christian life and serving our Saviour costs us everything. But that is another topic we will cover later when we come to verses 23-35 of Luke 14.
Our biggest fear of approaching people with the Gospel is the fear of rejection. Jesus was rejected of men. Is it any big thing that we should also be rejected of men because of our identification with Jesus? Understand that lost people are blinded by Satan, as we read in II Corinthians 4:4. Nevertheless, we have the obligation to warn them. What they do with the warning is up to them; but we have delivered our souls. Ezekiel 3:17-19
Don’t be too quick to write off an atheist or anyone who is violently opposed to the Gospel. Who ever would have believed that Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christians would become Paul, the great Apostle to the Gentiles? Sometimes, those most antagonistic to the Gospel turn out to be greatly used Christians. Don’t be discouraged. God can make you a bold witness for Him.
Luke 14:23 challenges us to “compel them to come”. How do we compel them?
Not with prizes and gimmicks.
Not by changing the message to make it less offensive to a rebellious sinner.
Rather, we compel them to come to Christ as they see the genuine love and concern we have for them. Be honest with them by showing them we are all sinners. Show them the evidence of the power of God by living a consistent godly life and showing them your genuine love and concern for them. Finally, present the Gospel to them as found in I Cor. 15:3-11 Remember that according to Romans 1:16, it is the Gospel that has the power to save sinners. Share it with others and watch IT work.
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