|Reverend Muzembi |
I’m not suggesting they’ve not been called, but Jesus said, "When you are invited, by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honourable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you" Luke 14:8-10.
We’ve all somehow accepted the invitation, but the problem some allocated to themselves best seats, and others even the seat of Christ.
Not all of them are good seats that people occupy, but some are of cause seats of greed, judgement and violence. In Mark 11 "Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves." Mark 11:15.
What seat have you occupied my friend? Jesus went into the temple and told some folks to give up their seats, and in Luke 14 he said he who invited you says, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place, and He said, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted," Luke 14:11.
We’ve seen so many of these false prophets humbled, and began with shame to take the lowest place.
But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
My friend, we’re not sitting at there alone, but with millions others also invited who may not be your friends, your brothers, your relatives nor neighbors - there is such a great cloud of witness from across the world invited also. Take the lowly place, so it may be said to you, go up higher!
The Parable of the Great Supper!
As Jesus was giving advice to sit down in the lowest place, so that you may feel honoured when he who invited you comes and gives you the best place, one man then said, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" Luke 14:15.
People will not enter the kingdom of God because they’re blessed, if it were so then only Israel would be saved because of their election, and because the kingdom God was prepared for them. I hear Jesus say this to the woman of Samaria, "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews," John 4:22.
However, here He says, "For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" Luke 14:24.
Why wouldn’t they? It’s because when they were invited, they began to make excuses, and each said I cannot come.
So to make Israel jealous "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.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' 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. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" Luke 14:21-24.
We were not even invited because we are from a wild olive tree, but were brought in, grafted in or compelled to come in, and above all, we stand by faith. Christ received us Gentiles, to the glory of God, and filled our hearts with all joy and peace in believing. I hear him say, "They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last." Luke 13:29-30.
God bless you,
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