“Then He said to him, ‘A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, Come for all things are now ready.'” (Luke 14:16-17)
Over and over in the Bible, we learn that ONLY GOD can provide a feast that truly satisfies the hunger and thirst of the soul. For ALL who repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the banquet is prepared by the God of grace and mercy. There is enough food for everyone.
As you study the parable of the great feast, you find some pretty foolish excuses and you see the fearful fate of those who reject the gracious hospitality of God. The feast to which we have been invited is a banquet that provides for the very deepest hungers of our hearts. When I think about the feast God has prepared for us, I’m reminded of David’s words in Psalm 23:5 — “Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoints my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
In Revelation 7:17, John saw into heaven and observed this wonderful feast to which we’ve been invited. He said, “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
FORGIVENESS is on the menu at this feast. God is eager to forgive every sin and every sinner. When we confess our sin and repent — He forgives. What a great encouragement when I am burdened and crushed by the grief of my sin.
The FELLOWSHIP at this feast is indescribably wonderful. We are assured in the Scripture that every believer has access into the divine presence of God CONTINUOUSLY. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” There is no other fellowship in the world comparable to this.
When we sit down at this great feast, we will experience the FRIENDSHIP of our Heavenly Host. Abraham was called the “friend of God.” He responded to God’s invitation. He trusted God. He obeyed God. He lived to do things that would be pleasing to God.
Isn’t it wonderful that God even allows us to be His friend? One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 15:14 which says, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” I have many friends, but only one that the Bible says sticks closer than a brother — that’s Jesus!
Who wouldn’t want to attend a great banquet like the one I have described? And yet, there will be many who offer foolish excuses and refuse to attend. (Examining the excuses may be a topic for another day.)
Let’s skip down to Luke 14:24. This verse tells us what happens to those who decline the invitation. “For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.” Those are sad words! Jesus said that when people decline the loving invitation of our gracious God to come and sit down at this glorious feast — they miss the joy of forgiveness, the fellowship and friendship of the living Lord Jesus Christ.
There is absolutely no hope for a person OUTSIDE OF CHRIST. There is NO other Savior — there is NO other Gospel. Final rejection of the invitation results in final ruin.
I often say — and it bears repeating — You will never understand how good the Good News is until you understand first how bad the bad news is. We are wicked sinners (all of us) and we don’t deserve to be invited to this wonderful banquet (NONE of us) and yet God — in His grace and mercy — invites anyone who will repent of his/her sin to come. No person is below the notice of our God. You may be poverty-stricken — you are still invited. You may be crippled by sin and think that nobody could ever forgive you or love you — you are still invited. You may have lived your life blind to the love of God and the need you have for salvation — you are still invited.
Everything is ready. God is ready. Those of us who are believers are ready. The question of the day is this…ARE YOU READY? Come to Jesus today and be saved.
Have a great day.