The Invitation

God’s love for mankind in salvation is an incredible one-sided deal.   Jesus Christ, God’s son, takes the just punishment of mankind who have broken His commands. The Just Man dies for the unjust people.  We ,the unjust, are morally bankrupt and cannot pay the “ransom” needed. The sentence we were given for our sin is death. But Jesus, took that sentence upon himself. The proposition is so good you would think everyone would take the deal.  But they do not.  

Jesus tells a parable about how much God the Father wants people to come to Him. Despite the great love the Father offers, those who have been invited respond with impudence. In the parable He tells about four different groups of people responded differently to the good news of salvation, and how the church should reach out to them. In the next series of posts, let's talk about these different groups.

Luke 14:16-17 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.”18 "But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.'"

This is the first group. Let’s call them the honored guests. They must have known the man. They already had some type of relationship with them. These are like nice religious people. These are people that we should invite to our churches, small groups, or Christian functions. But don't be disappointed when they don't respond; they have already categorized God into their busy lives. Their possessions are far more important. The boat, working on the house, washing both cars; Surely we have to take care of our “stuff” right? But the truth is, they are missing it. The God of the universe, of all creation, is not worthy of interrupting their lives. There will be people in our lives who have their map already made, their life already in motion, and have business to attend to. Don't let that be you. Don't loose the priceless gift of Jesus because of some temporal occupation. Seek the Lord above all.

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