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The Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. 

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

This week we start a new study focusing on some of Jesus’ great parables, it is titled The Parables of Jesus Continue to Speak.

Today we are talking about Parable of the Great Supper.


Luke 14:17 NKJV

17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’

Scripture Reading

Luke 14:15-24 NKJV

The Parable of the Great Supper

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 

17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 

18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 

21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 

22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 

23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 

24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ 


In Jesus name we pray.



What is your favourite food?

How do you like it prepared?

What kind of surroundings do you prefer as you eat your favourite food, and who do you want with your order to enjoy it the most?

The point of this parable is that God has prepared the very best for each person.

The man who prepared the supper is representative of God.

The supper is the provision God has made for our salvation.

There re two ways we will look at this parable tonight, the invitation and the excuses.

  1. The invitation.

In describing the invitation, Jesus uses what is sometimes called the journalistic approach.

He answers six questions.

  1. What?

The invitation is from God to all people everywhere.

He wants everyone to accept His offer of salvation and deliverance from sin.

2. Who?

The gospel is for everyone.

The gospel message is universal.

All are invited, the Jew and the Gentile, the rich and the poor, the city dweller, and the country folk, the business person and the labourer.

3. Why?

People need the Lord.

They are lost in sin, and they need a Saviour.

The only way to be saved is to accept Jesus’ invitation.

4. When?

The time is now.

The words ready, quickly, and compel each indicate now!

The master of the house meant business.

5. Where?

Jesus will save you wherever you are and under any circumstances.

6. How?

You must accept the invitation by faith.

You must believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose again on the third day, triumphing over sin and death.

B. In Jesus’ invitation, we can discern some great truths.

  1. We are not saved by our own efforts.

 We  are saved by simply accepting God’s invitation.

If we fail to respond in faith, however, we are lost for eternity by our own choosing.

God’s invitation is extended to everyone.

2. We are warned of the danger of missing God’s blessings.

If we do not accept His invitation, we cannot possibly receive His blessings.

2. The excuses.

  1. Notice that these are excuses and not reasons.

There is a clear indication here that the prospective guests did not want to accept the invitation.

The parable seems to imply that they had tentatively accepted the master’s invitation, they had not previously declined.

This shows a lack of consideration for the master’s preparations. 

B. Notice that the excuses are ridiculous.

Examine a field at night?

Can you imagine someone purchasing something as valuable as a piece of land without inspecting it first?

This is an absurd excuse and certainly not a reason.

The other excuses are equally ridiculous.

C. The excuses are transparently false.

Anyone who hears or reads about such alibis can see clearly that the person did not want to attend.

D. The refusal to go provoked God’s wrath.

This wrath is righteous damnation.

You cannot receive blessings if you do not accept the invitation.

The damnation that results from failing to respond to God’s invitation is eternal separation from Him.


God’s invitation is to each of you.

If you have not received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life, I pray that you would accept His invitation right now.

Until next time

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