Mon, 8 October 2012
September 30, 2012
Jesus’ Story of the Inviting Father
Synopsis: One thing that the gospels make plain to us is that Jesus told stories. He was not simply trying to entertain his audience, but rather chose the vehicle of story to convey his message. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke his stories are identified as “parables.” That word simply means comparisons. In other words Jesus told earthly stories with heavenly meanings.
Jesus’ story of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24) illustrates the fallacy some religious leaders think to be true. It is a mistake to think that the invitation is in the hands of the guests. The actions of the father in this story illustrate our Heavenly Father’s response to those who think religion is in their hands to do with as they please. Our Heavenly Father desires to have a full house and has extended the invitation to “whoever” will whether or not they are listed among a previously invited group.
It is not accident that there are three invitations extended in the story. Three is one of those numbers that indicated completeness. The invitations are extended to those who are expected to come, to those who might be persuaded to come and even to those that no one expects to come. That sounds pretty complete to me.
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 14:15-24
Scripture Reading: Luke 14:21-24