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Pastor’s Desk: Parable of the Great Banquet

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church

The first thing we need to understand about sharing our faith, is that the Lord Jesus himself commissioned us to do it:

Matthew 28:16—20

It’s the “commission” (job or duty) of all believers to spread the faith. We are supposed to “make disciples,” that is, to replicate our faith in other people, baptize them, and teach them to observe the commandments of Christ.

Luke 14:15-24

God has prepared a great banquet – a place of joy, fulfillment, nourishment, and peace. He has prepared Heaven, and on the way to it, the Christian life. And he sent out his servant – that’s us – to invite people. How long has it been since you’ve invited someone to the table?

Pastor Marcus Blair of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Pastor Marcus Blair of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

The servant invited many, and in came the excuses:

Possessions – The first guest had just bought land, and therefore he placed possessions above attending the banquet of God.

Work – The second guest had oxen to prove, and chose work over God.

Obligations and commitments – The third guest used his wife as an excuse! I don’t know what that means, other than he ranked other commitments above those made to God.

These excuses angered the master, so he told the servant to instead go to the poor, crippled, blind and lame. Go get those who are hurting, who are starving, who are in desperate need. And when those came in there was STILL room.

Here’s where we come in: God says to go out into the highways and hedges – go out into the far places, into the difficult places, and COMPEL people to come in, so that the house may be filled.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.