March 25, 2020, 1:00 AM

Remember Jesus was invited to a Pharisees house for a dinner. At dinner Jesus told a parable. First, he spoke to the other guest who had been invited. They apparently had the perspective that they were the most important person invited to the dinner. Jesus challenges that perspective. Jesus advises us to take the place of least honor. I can imagine that Jesus followed his own advice. Here is one who was in very nature God, but made himself nothing, taking the nature of a servant.

Then Jesus spoke to the one who invited him. Apparently, this person only invited friends and family and rich neighbors. Jesus suggested that we should invite the poor and the outcast. Jesus again set the example, by being willing to associate with tax collectors and sinners.

The evening was not over though. Luke14:15-24, “When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’

Jesus is giving a great banquet, and I believe that the time is quickly approaching for that banquet to begin. It is very interesting how many who are invited come up with a reason of why they cannot go. I don’t know how many times someone told me that they were going to come to church but never did. And now the doors of the church building are closed. I do pray that when all this coronavirus is over, the doors of the churches open again, that people would stop making excuses of why they can’t come.

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