Jesus continues to plead with the people to listen to him.
I don’t think I’ve ever truly comprehended his persistence and his pleading until now.
It’s so repetitive. It’s so urgent. It’s so heartbreaking.
“Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’”
Luke 14:16-17 NIV
He’s begging them to listen.
He’s begging them to hear.
He’s begging them to respond.
““But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’”
Luke 14:18-20 NIV
He’s done with “his” people.
Now it’s everyone and anyone who wants to learn and grow and accept him.
““The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “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.”
Luke 14:21-23 NIV
God desires everyone to dine at his table.
We only need to answer the invitation.