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Today we are continuing our series titled “The Good News of God’s Glorious offer”
The true shepherd of the flock must not only feed the sheep but must also give weekly attention to increasing the flock.
Today is part 3 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Luke 14:15-24 (ESV)
15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’
19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’
20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”
Holy Father, you have been so gracious and generous to us.
Today we thank you for the consciousness of forgiven sin.
We thank you for the joy of being members in your family.
Serving you and helping others to know the great salvation that is offered through Jesus Christ is a privilege.
As we worship you with our offerings today, we pray that you will add you blessings to them so that your kingdom might come into the hearts and lives of men and women, boys and girls, to the ends of the earth.
It is in Jesus name we pray.
How would you respond if someone invited you to a dinner where the special guest was Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
How would you react to the possibility of inviting Him into your home for a meal?
How would you react if you received an invitation to attend a banquet at which Jesus Christ was serving as the host?
It is interesting to note in the words of our text today that Jesus Christ invites himself to come into our lives.
He offers to sit as a guest at the table that we would place before Him.
In turn He would serve as the host for a banquet that He would provide for us.
It is significant that our Lord would describe conversion and the Christian life in terms of a banquet experience in which He and the guests would enjoy feasting and fellowship together.
How tragic it is that many look upon the Christian life as a famine instead of a feast.
There is a stranger at the door.
The door is pictured as the entrance into one’s heart and life.
Each of us as individuals have control over that door.
We can open the door, or we can keep it closed.
To each of us is given the privilege and the responsibility of choice.
We need this stranger in the house of our life as much as we need health, in fact even more.
B. We need this stranger in the house of our life as much as we need wealth, in fact even more.
C. We need this stranger in the house of our life more than we need friends, as important as they are.
D. We need this stranger in the house of our life as the dominant member of our family.
He can greatly enrich our family life if we let Him in.
2. Who is this Stranger who wants to come to dinner?
He who stands the door of our heart repeatedly and patiently is no figment of human imagination.
He is no fictitious character from some religious novel.
The stranger at the door is the man of Nazareth whose claims, character, and conquest of death and the grave prove that He is the Son of God.
He came in human flesh to reveal God’s grace, love, and power.
This stranger at the door is the creative Lord who comes for His own place in the centre of the heart of His creatures.
He comes not as an intruder, but as the One who has the privilege of ownership by right of creation and preservation.
He wants to claim His own by virtue of His redemptive love.
3. What does this stranger at the door want to do?
This divine stranger wants to come into your life.
He wants to come in through the door.
He is not satisfied just to look in.
B. This divine stranger wants to be your Saviour and Lord.
He wants to bring you the gift of forgiveness and bestow on you the gift of eternal life.
He wants to bring into your innermost being His precious Holy Spirit to be your Teacher, Guide, and Helper.
C. This divine stranger wants to become your friend.
Christ takes the initiative in coming to us in order that He might get acquainted with us, but even more so in order that we might become acquainted with His transforming and enriching presence.
D. This divine stranger wants to make our life complete.
From the days of Adam, people have been just a fraction of what God the Creator meant for us to be.
The living Christ came to heal the wound inflicted by sin.
He came that so by His death and resurrection He might return us to our Creator.
Life without him is incomplete, unhappy, unfruitful, and un satisfying.
This wonderful stranger, Jesus Christ, wants to reclaim you for God’s glory and to recreate within you the nature of God.
He wants to rescue you from the sin that is so destructive to you and to restore to you the joy and happiness that God meant for you to have.
4. What must you do regarding this stranger?
You may decide simply to ignore Him and to have nothing to do with Him.
You may decide to neglect or postpone making any decision concerning this divine Guest who wants to come into your life.
You may deliberately decide to reject Him and have nothing to do with Him.
Most likely this would be your reaction if you consider Him to be some kind of their who wants to rob you and take something from you.
You will probably reject Him if you consider Him to be some kind of bully who wants to mistreat you and subordinate you to His selfish will.
The way of wisdom is to recognise this Guest at the door as the divine Son of God who comes with the gifts of heaven for you.
With an ear attentive to His knocking at the door, respond with the faith that is willing to accept Him and with the joy that is willing to welcome Him into your life.
This divine Stranger alone can bring you the gift of forgiveness that is full and free and forever.
He alone can bring you the gift of eternal life and make you a member of God’s family.
And He alone can teach you the truth of God that will help you to live an abundant life in the here and now.
Treat Him not as an enemy who wants to invade your life with destructive purposes.
Instead, welcome Him as a Friend who loves you so much that He is willing to die for you.
Accept Him as being so divine that He conquered death and the grave and lives forever to be the loving Lord of your life.
Until next time
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