“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
On April 25, Jubilee Church Wednesday Service message was preached from Luke 14:15-24 titled, “Compel Them To Come In, So That My House Will Be Full.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet was given as Jesus’ response to the fellow dinner guest who exclaimed, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God” after Jesus’ teaching on humility and hospitality from the previous verses from Luke 14:7-14.
Jews had the mindset that the kingdom of Messiah would come with the earthly prince who will deliver them from oppressors and they will have the splendid reign and they will become the happiest nation here on earth. They believed that even the ancient Israelites would be resurrected to enjoy the blessings of the Messiah’s reign.
In verse 14, When Jesus mentioned the time of “the resurrection of the righteous,” the fellow dinner guest’s exclamation exposes the arrogant views of the Jews that only Jews would receive the blessings of the Kingdom.
Through this parable, Jesus corrects the ignorance of the chosen people who refused the gracious offer of the Master who prepared the Great Banquet.
The first person excused because he concerned his possession and put the affairs of this world above the invitation of the master. The second person also made the excuse that he wanted to try out the new five yoke of oxen that he wanted to seek his self-satisfaction above the spiritual blessings. Last person who refused saying, “I just got married, so I can’t come” shows our improper family relationship which is loving the family and relatives distracts our affection for God.
Through these images of those who refused the invitation, Jubilee Church members were asked to self-examine whether or not we have the ignorance and spiritual blindness that we reject the gracious offer of God to His banquet. Also, the urgent heart of the master to fill up His house is what we need to hold on when we spread the Gospel and invite them to the house of God.