THE PARABLE OF THE GREAT SUPPER
Luke 14: 12-24
Please read the above scripture before reading this message. Verses 12-15 are introductory and give the reason for presenting the parable. First, Jesus gave the host and his honorable guests a lesson on charity and being good to the poor and unfortunate He suggested he might give a luxurious feast from time to the poor, lame and blind, and for doing so would receive a blessing, if not in this life, at the resurrection of the dead. This moved one of the guests to speak up and say, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” He probably had reference to the world to come and enjoying a feast in heaven, for Jesus spoke of being rewarded at the resurrection of the dead. This man's statement led Jesus to utter this parable.
The man in the parable who gave the great supper and invited many guests is God, the Father. THE GREAT SUPPER represented a great event which was to take place very shortly on this earth and was to be a great blessing to all who would attend. This great event was to be the kingdom of Christ which was soon to begin on this earth. This great event was the Church of Christ of which Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and gates of hades shall not prevail against it. It was the religion of Christ that was to begin shortly after His resurrection and ascension. All who became a part of His religion would receive forgiveness of sins, be adopted into the spiritual family of God, and enjoy fellowship with God and His Son in this life. At the resurrection they enter into heaven. . God presents the gospel blessings in the light of a supper or banquet. We sing an invitation hymn with the title, “All Things Are Ready(Come to the Feast.).”
God extended two sets of invitations to the nation of Israel. Many invitations were sent out centuries before the Supper was to begin. Another set of invitations were sent out near the time it was about to begin on earth. The first invitations were extended to Israel by prophets of the Old Testament-- the four major prophets and the twelve minor prophets. The invitations were in the form prophecies about the coming of their Messiah Jesus Christ, and the Kingdom over which He was to rule over Israel and the entire world. The Old Testament is full of these invitations. The second invitation was extended by John the Baptist and the twelve apostles. Their message was, “ repent and be baptized and
receive the Messiah, for His kingdom is at hand. The kingdom began fifty days after his death and resurrection, and the supper had its beginning on this earth .in 33 A.D.
The primary application of this parable was to Jewish people when the Lord was on the earth. Most of them rejected the message of John the Baptist and also rejected Jesus as their Messiah. Most of the nation even rejected Him after He arose from the dead and returned to heaven. When the religious part of the nation made trivial excuses for rejecting Christ, the parable says that the Master was angry and commanded his servants to go into the streets and invite the poor, the lame and the blind; and they accepted the invitation. This referred to the common people of Israel, the tax collectors, the immoral, and peasants, many of whom accepted the gospel. The secondary application of the parable is to the Gentiles, many of whom will reject Christ for the same reasons that the Jews did. Paul said of the gentiles, “Not many noble, not many wise are called.”
One important lesson we learn from this parable is the folly of offering excuses for failure to obey the gospel and become Christians. One man bought a farm and said he had to go see it. Another said he bought some cattle and needed to go and examine them. The third man had jsut got married and, therefore, felt he couldn't come. These excuses give most all reasons why people refuse to become Christians.. They were all cover-ups. Not one of them was a valid reason not to come to the feast. Pleasure, business and social relations–these are the reasons people do not become Christians. The real cause is they have no concern for the kingdom of Christ or the things of Christ. These excuses do not exhaust all the causes for not obeying the gospel. They just represent examples of every day causes of indifference to Christ and His church. To all these excuses one thing is common-- a present good is preferred above the heavenly offer. In other words , temporal good is valued higher than the spiritual. The desires of the body are more important than value of the soul.
Another thing this parable shows is God's mercy in offering salvation to all people alike, the rich and the poor, the religious and unreligious, the educated and uneducated, and the wise and the simple.
Also, it demonstrates that the poor and unknown people of earth will be more willing to accept salvation than the rich, prominent and worldly wise.
Finally, we learn that all who accepts the Lord's invitation are saved and all who reject it are lost. This great supper began some 2000 years ago
in Jerusalem and will continue through the Christian age, until Christ ends it with His second coming. There was never was and never will be another feast like the one mentioned in this parable. As the hymn says, “All things are ready come to the feast.” Come to Christ, come by faith and repentance, and be baptized into His church. Convert to the Christian religion and walk in the narrow way that leads to eternal life. When one is born of the water(baptism) and the Spirit(the Holy Spirit), the past life is made right with God. Then one must walk in newness of life, walk with God, and live a life that meets God's approval. If you have any questions, call the number on this website.