Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses…..
21 “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.’
22 “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ” (Luke 14:16-24)
This parable comes just after the one we looked at on Monday where Jesus was having a meal with some Pharisees. In this parable, we see a man who was putting on a great banquet. A bunch of people had originally said they would be there but when a servant was sent out to let them know the meal was ready they all said they were busy. This, of course, upset the host who then went and invited people who would have been unfit for such a banquet. Just like on Monday the group that was first invited would have represented the religious elite. This story would have condemned how they were acting and it would be scandalous for such a banquet to be filled with such unworthy people.
This parable shows us what the kingdom of heaven will look like. It will be filled with people who do not deserve to be there. We see that the invitation of the gospel is sent out to all of mankind. Your social status, financial status, ethnicity, or nationality will prevent you from being welcomed at God’s banquet table. God welcomes all people, but he will refuse those who reject him. We learn a lot about God in this parable and I think the main point to take away is to see how generous he is. How are we generous with the gospel? Who do we need to share the gospel with? Are there people we judge as unworthy to be at God’s banquet table that we need the Holy Spirit to soften our hearts to? Who can you invite into your house to show them the love of God?