Summary: The never ending pursuit of Christ after the lost even when He is turned down time and again.
Title: “There Is Still Room”
Introduction: This portion of Scripture could very well be called, “Christianity vs. Religion.”
Jesus was visiting the home of a Pharisee on the Sabbath day.
– He was there to share a meal.
Jesus was being watched very closely by the religious crowd because they had brought in a man who had a physical problem called dropsy which was the swelling of the body.
They intended to bring an accusation against Jesus concerning “healing” on the Sabbath day.
This religious crowd had grown to hate Jesus because of His gaining of popularity with the people. – Because Jesus was meeting the needs of hurting people they were turning to Him instead of the religious sects of the day.
Jesus knew the thoughts and intentions of His enemies therefore He asked them a question, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” – But they said nothing, so Jesus healed the man and let him go on his way.
Jesus followed up with another question, “Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day?” – Again, they held their peace.
Jesus goes on to point out the selfishness and childishness of the guests at this occasion by giving forth another parable about how they were clamoring for the most important seats at the table.
– No doubt this was a very status hungry crowd of people including the host.
Jesus condemns the selfish motives and the exclusiveness of the Pharisees which prevented them from being kind and helpful to all men in need regardless of race, sect, or station in life.
Jesus continues on by giving the way they should do, “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” KJV
The Parable of The Great Supper.
“A certain man made a great supper.”
1. Jesus was using the “great supper” to illustrate the “Kingdom of God” of which they had just talked about.
2. Many people were INVITED. (Not everyone)
3. Notice, the invitations preceded the Supper being ready.
The certain man “sent out his servant at supper time.”
1. The “servant” was SENT. Jn. 3:17.
2. “Supper Time” – The time had come to ENJOY the meal.
3. The servant was to go to those who had received Invitations.
“And they all with one consent began to make excuse.”
1. This host had every reason and every right to expect those invited to come to the feast. (All things were ready)
2. Their conduct was inexcusable, and their excuses were ridiculous. (The feast was prepared for them)
3. They were expressing contempt to the host. (A piece of ground, Five yoke of oxen, and a wife) More Important?
4. The problem was their attitude. (Important feeling people)
5. These “invited” guests weren’t hungry enough!
“So that servant came, and showed his lord these things.”
1. When the report from the servant came in the Master became ANGRY!