So who gets to sit at the table?
Luke 14: 16-24
“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.’ “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.’ “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. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.”
Look who gets to sit at the upside down banquet table!
The poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame, the misfits, the homeless, the hurting and the lonely. That’s who is around the table of the Lord!
Where are the normal ones? Where are the organised ones? Where are the ones who have been blessed with land? Where are the ones blessed with cows? Where are the ones blessed with marriages? The so-called blessed ones are not here. They are too busy enjoying their so-called blessings. They could not make it this time. They hope to get to the next dinner. But they don’t realise there is only one banqueting table.
The distracted don’t sit at the table.
The rejecters of the Messiah don’t sit at the table.
Those with no need don’t sit at the table.
The table is for the desperate.
The table is for those who have nowhere else to go.
The table is for those who have been brought in to the banqueting hall.
The table is for us.
He brought me in and continues to do so.