Luke 14

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‘”When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”’ (Luke 14:12-14 NLT).

April 11, 2018

While seated at a dinner, Jesus took note of the people the host had invited. He observed that he had invited his own circle of family and friends. The host must have been surprised to hear the advice that Jesus gave. Invite people that are different than you. Invite those who can’t invite you back. And the Lord will reward you.

The implications of Christ’s word to the host of the dinner are very troubling to us, aren’t they? Invite people to the table that are different than you. People that can’t pay you back. People that will not advance your social standing. In fact, invite people that will probably cause those of your own family and social class to shun you for even hanging out with these “other” people.

Why did Jesus teach this? Because that’s what the Father has done for us. He is the Host of Heaven and He has invited us–– “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind” of this world to His banquet table.

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11 NKJV).

April 11, 2017

Jesus taught this timeless spiritual principle promoting humility over self-promotion. He illustrated the principle with a parable concerning seat selection at a wedding banquet. He observed that it would be better to take a “lowly” seat at the table and have the master elevate you to a better one, than vice versa. A corollary to this principle is “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth” (Prov. 27:2).

Who Am I? The Parable of the Wedding Feast

August 4, 2013 | Luke 14:7-11 | discipleship

Justin continues our Parables sermon series with the Parable of the Wedding Feast and what Jesus says our identity is as children in his Kingdom.

“So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full'” (Luke 14:23)

April 11, 2012

The Master wants a full house at the banquet. When every seat is taken the banquet will begin. Have you RSVP’d to reserve your seat?

“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'” (Luke 14:23)

April 11, 2011

We have been commissioned to deliver Christ’s Kingdom Banquet invitations. Are you giving them out? Because Jesus wants His house full.