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Think of it! When you sit at the Lord’s salvation table, you can see a dish of forgiveness; there is a tray of filled with grace and peace; bowls of joy are sitting here and there; and plates of His sweet love are all over the table! What a blessing it is to know Him!
This parable is all about a precious invitation to come to this great and wonderful table of salvation. I want to sped our time together today talking about the Lord’s invitation to come to His supper. I want to share the facts about this invitation with you today and ask you this question: Are You Coming To The Supper?
(Ill. Ancient customs regarding large feasts. An announcement would be made weeks or even months in advance. Those invited were expected to send back a letter wither accepting or declining the invitation. Then, when the day of the feast arrived, and the feast was prepared, servants were sent to invite those who said they would come to make their way to the feast.)
The Invitation Is Simple
One of the greatest words in the Bible.
Used by Noah; used by Isaiah, Isa. 1:18; used by Jesus, Matt. 11:28. Let “whosoever
will come, Rev. 22:17. It is a simple invitation! Anyone who will come to Jesus will be saved, Rom. 10:13;
The Invitation Is Solid
things are now ready God has already done everything necessary to
make salvation available. He did it all
when He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins.
He tears, His suffering, His death, His resurrection, all say, “Come,
all things are now ready! (
C. The Invitation Is Serious Now God has done everything necessary to provide salvation. He is ready, but He wants us to come to Him. The time to come is now, 2 Cor. 6:2. Do not put it off until later; later may never come, Pro. 27:1; Pro. 29:1. There may never be another opportunity, Isa. 55:6.
II. v. 18-20 THE INVITATION IS EVADED
The Excuses Are Examined
Ill. The excuses They sounded reasonable.
All sound reasonable. (
The Excuses Are Exposed
While they appear reasonable on the surface; in truth, they are absolutely
foolish and unreasonable! Sinners are
left without excuse before the Lord, Rom.
Ψ Too many hypocrites in the church” Hell will be full of them;
Ψ I am afraid I cannot live it Same as saying, Im not going in a pool until I learn to swim; or I will not touch a piano until I learn to play. You can’t live for Jesus, He has to live through you, Gal. 2:20;
Ψ I just dont feel it Show me where you are supposed to feel something. Jesus said “Come!” you do that and He will give you the feeling!;
Ψ Theres too much to give up Like what?
Ψ I am too great a sinner He can and will save anyone
Ψ Ill come later, but not today. You may be too busy to come to God, but you are not too busy to live in sin; and you certainly arent too busy to die!
III. v. 21-23 THE INVITATION IS EXPANDED
The Direction Of this Grace
All kinds of people; people no one else wanted; people no one else would have
invited. That is what grace does! (
B. The Desire Of This Grace A full house There will not be an empty seat at His table. He knows who is going and there is a place for each one over there!
The Demand Of This Grace
Means to persuade, to drive. Speaks of the drawing of the Spirit,