Luke 14:15-24

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“When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’ Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.” Another said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.” Still another said, “I just got married, so I can’t come.” The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir,” the servant said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.” Then the master told his servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:15-24

A man was listening to Jesus talk about inviting people to the banquet, and he called out, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Yes indeed, those who come into the Kingdom will certainly be blessed, but will everyone make it?

Jesus went on to tell another story.

A man gave a great banquet and invited many. When it came time for the banquet, he sent his servant to say to those who were invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.”

Let’s examine this…it’s a banquet. Banquets are fun. There’s lots of wonderful food, time with people, often entertainment. Banquets are great.

So why would someone NOT want to come? But when the servant went to tell them to come, here is what he heard.

“I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.”

Another said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.”

Still another said, “I just got married, so I can’t come.”

Really? Look at a field? Check out cows? A wife?

It’s a BANQUET!

But they were too busy to attend.

They were too bound up with the day-to-day to get ready to go to the banquet.

Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?

And yet…God offers heaven to every single person on earth. It’s HEAVEN. Heaven will have a wonderful, glorious heavenly banquet. It will be filled with amazing people. We will live in the presence of God. And we will experience never-ending joy.

We might think everyone would jump at the chance to have that. But Jesus was sent to tell us that it was being prepared and yet people are still offering excuses.

“I’m too busy.” “I will do that later.” “I don’t need to get ready for heaven.” “I have my family and friends.”

People are too bound up with the day-to-day to get ready for heaven.

Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?

The master was angry and sent the servant out to invite others. “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, that my house will be full.”

Jesus said, “I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”

Why? Because they chose not to.


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