The Invitation: For the Lost

We've been talking about the parable Jesus tells His disciples about how people respond differently to the good news of salvation.  In the parable He says, “Great Supper” has been set for mankind, and God desires people to come to the celebration.  But the people that had been invited disregard Him. They are too busy with their possessions, personal relationships, and professions.  The master of the house ,God, becomes angry (yes, angry) , and he sends his servants out to bring in others, people who had not been initially invited.

Luke 14:21 "So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.'"

The Master of the house targets hurting people, damaged people.  The poor, those who think they do not have what it takes to in good relationship with God. The people to whom tragedies have been so damaging to them they can not longer function the as they once had.,i.e. divorce, death of a child, abuse.

They think “I will never be the same again."  

The lame, they are those who were born into a bad family, were not gifted education, or have physical impairment.  The blind, they are those who just don’t get things.  Things that are so obvious to others, they just cant see it.  These people, what people would call “damaged goods” Jesus says do not invite them.

Jesus is greater than that. He says,“Go get them. And bring them here”

And so the servant does.

Luke 14:22 "And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.”