Journeys in Faith

Jesus: The multi-faceted relater of truth
Pastor Arlin Sanford
Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Pastor Arlin Sanford

When we consider the masterful teaching of Jesus, we are provoked by the thought that every word that preceded from His mouth is inerrant. Not only are they statements of truth, but loaded with purpose; calculated words to bring His hearers to faith in God. Therefore, He was ever conscience of His utterances; profound, yet given so as not to miss the meaning of the message.

One of His means of communication was the use of parables. Stories that would capture the attention of His audience, narratives drawing attention to everyday identifiable situations the people could comprehend, but always with a spiritual significance. The part of the story easiest to understand (earthly) was not of primary importance, it was the spiritual (heavenly) interpretation that was the focus to be meditated upon.

One such parable was Jesus addressing an indifferent people (Luke 14:15-24). In this setting, He was in the presence of some Jewish leaders (verse 3 — lawyers and Pharisees). These represented a part of God’s “chosen” (Isaiah 65:10) people, the “apple of His eye” (Psalms 17:8); in Romans (2: 17-24), Paul defines their privilege. “You...boast in God…, know His will.., a guide to the blind…, a light to those who are in darkness…, a corrector of the foolish.” In verse 24, Paul states how their “indifference” caused them to miss God’s calling. This is His assembly! These privileged men in the presence of truth, unable to discern His message because of their arrogance and pride (14:7-14).

He then brings them to the primary point of contention (14:15-24). In the parable, He speaks of one who was giving a dinner and invited his friends. But, to his dismay, many began giving excuses why they wouldn’t be attending. So the host said, “Go out and invite everyone you see to come and dine, and fill my house.” What a tragedy! Jesus, in the story, is inviting His ‘chosen’ ones to dine with Him in His Kingdom, but they have better things to do.

John parallels this thought in his Gospel (John 1:12). “He (Jesus) came unto His own (Israel), and His own received Him not” (the ‘indifferent’ ones in the story); “but as many as received Him” (the others who came at the servants’ bidding); “to them He gave the power to become children of God” (chosen ones); “even to those who believe in His name” (these are those who will dine with Him in His Kingdom).

Imagine dining with Jesus in His Kingdom. It is reserved for those who respond to His invitation too “call upon His name and be saved” (Romans 10:13). Have you heard His call? Have you put Him off because you are ‘indifferent’ with all kinds of excuses?

Are you just to busy at the moment? Or, are you to proud to humble yourself and admit you need Him! All of those maladies can be remedied today.