Luke 14:7-35

“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame” (v21).  Jesus told a shocking parable about a man who invited his friends and acquaintances to a lavish banquet, but they “made excuses” about why they were too busy to come (v18).  So he told his servants to invite strangers – the poor, the crippled, and people off the street, anyone willing (v21-23).  Jesus explained that those who wanted to follow him must desire it above all else (v33). 

“That my house may be filled” (v23).  God’s invitation to reconciliation through His Son is open to everyone who will eagerly accept Him by faith.