Verse 1 – Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
Verse 2 – And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
Dropsy is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in body tissue and cavities.
Verse 3 – And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Verse 4 – But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
Jesus had been invited to a Pharisee’s house before and had ridiculed them mercilessly. This time the invite was to trap Him into doing something unlawful on the Sabbath. None of them answered Jesus’ question because He had humiliated others when they had tried to answer.
Verse 5 – Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
Verse 6 – And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
Have you ever met people who it seems it’s their mission to find fault with others ministry work? Jesus had thousands that would come to hear Him teach and be healed by Him, but these Pharisees and scribes only looked for Him breaking one of their laws. That’s what happens when someone has a critical spirit. They are blinded of the actual miracles that take place and only want to criticize when or how a person did it.
Verse 7 – So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
Verse 8 – “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than yo be invited by him;
Verse 9 – “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.
Verse 10 – “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.
Verse 11 – “For whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The best seat would be sitting beside the host, as if to say, “Look at me! I’m a close friend of the host, so give me honor also.”
People do the same thing in the church. They have to always be close with the pastor, but if you met them in a hallway, they couldn’t even say hi. If you exalt yourself, you will be humbled, and sometimes that can be embarrassing.
Verse 12 – Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.
Verse 13 – “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.
Verse 14 – “And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
Service is more important in God’s kingdom than status. God’s kingdom is open to everyone, not just the one who can return a favor.
P arable of the Great supper
Verse 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!”
Verse 16 – Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
Verse 17 – “and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’
Verse 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 to have me excused.’
Verse 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.’
Verse 20 – “Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.”
Verse 21 – “So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to the servant, ‘Go out quickly into streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’
Verse 22 – “And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’
Verse 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.
Verse 24 – ‘For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.
In Jesus story, many turned down the invitation to the banquet because the timing was inconvenient. The Gospel was first preached to the Jew, but because of the hardness of their hearts, it was then offered to the Gentile.
How many excuses did you give at first as to why you rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ? We all had excuses, until that time when something broke through our hardness, and we came to realized we may not have another opportunity. People give all kinds of excuses, but a time will come when the door to the Supper of the Lamb will be closed forever. Today is the day to make that choice.
Christ Teaches on Discipleship
Verse 25 – And great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
Verse 26 – “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
Hate his own expresses the same principle found in Matthew 10:37, where Jesus says, “The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Disciples must love Jesus more than they love their own family members. Sometimes that means, going with Christ, and leaving those behind who are the dearest to them.
Verse 27 – “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Jesus is talking about total submission to Him which will include, reproach, affliction, persecutions, and even death to some. Are you willing to be mocked and ridiculed for your faith in Christ?
Verse 28 – “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it –
Verse 29 – “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him,
So many start out with great enthusiasm, but then fizzle out because they realize their old ways are not going to cut it with the “New life.” When people try to “straddle the fence,” they will soon find out, Christianity is all or nothing!
Verse 30 – “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
Verse 31 – “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
Verse 32 – “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.
Verse 33 – “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Verse 34 – “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
Verse 35 – “It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
So many forget: “It’s how you end your walk of faith the matters.” We may fall along the way, but Christ will help you stand again. The one’s who will be left behind are the one’s who quit. The concept is: “If you finish!”