Come to Dinner

Jesus told a few different parables about someone inviting his friends to dinner. One was about those you would expect to go, but they made excuses, so others are invited. One was about a person’s pride who finds the best seats in the house until being humbled. One is about people making light of the wedding and even some being hostile towards those inviting them, and not being prepared for the wedding. So what is Jesus talking about in these three parables? Let’s discuss them.

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The Narrow Way

Many people today think that there are many ways that lead to heaven. But there is one way and that is through Jesus Christ. He is the only way. It is not through doing good deeds or through priests or other people. It is through faith in Him. Trust in Jesus and you will be saved. That is what Jesus is trying to tell the people of His day (and us). The priests had added many traditions in addition to the law, but they didn’t get it. God wants a relationship with us. He wants our hearts. That is why Jesus came. To pay for our sins and offer a relationship with Him so that we may be saved. All roads do not lead to heaven. It is a narrow road through a narrow gate in which Jesus is the door.

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Growth of the Kingdom

God’s Kingdom continues to grow. Jesus tells a few parables of what the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of heaven, is like. These parables describe the growth of God’s kingdom and the spread of the gospel.

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Prayer of Praise

Nebuchadnezzar?  Praising God?  The great king of the Babylonian empire who had a large golden statue of himself be built to worship?  Yes, that one.  Babylon was one of the greatest empires in history that conquered most of the known world at the time, beginning around 626 B.C.   Nebuchadnezzar ruled from 605-562 B.C., being one of the greatest emperors known.  He was also ruthless.  He destroyed Jerusalem and tore down it’s walls, looted the temple and brought the Israelite people into exile, killing many and enslaving many.  When he has his dream, he asked his counselors not only to interpret gold statue 2his dreams but to tell him what it was!  When they could not, he threatened to cut them all to pieces and burn down their houses.  He executed any who would not bow down and worship his image of gold.  But, God revealed the dream to Daniel and its interpretation giving him favor with the king.  The king let his pride get the best of him, and God brought him down and showed him His majesty and power.  When the king was at his lowest he realized how great God was and turned to Him.  God used Daniel and used the king’s circumstances to reveal His greatness and to bring him to righteousness.  I believe that Nebuchadnezzar was saved at this time.  Only God knows for sure.  God will use many ways to draw people to Him.  He is a God of mercy.  No matter what you have done in the past, where you are at in life, He seeks your love and wants you to be saved.  He sent His Son to die on the cross, that our sins may be forgiven.  He uses other people to be a witness so others would see the truth and turn to him.  Sometimes He will allow us to stumble from our own selfishness and pride to a low point to bring us to surrender to Him, so that we can have eternal life.  He uses all things for good, so that we can become His children.  This is the prayer of Nebuchanezzar (or, more like a proclamation of how great God is) after he was brought down by God and restored. Continue reading “Nebuchadnezzar’s Prayer of Praise”

God’s promises: Jesus Will Return

Jesus promised that He will return.  He will come for His people.  He will reign on this earth and He will take His people home to be with Him forever.  Those who are in Christ should be excited and look forward to this day.  When He comes, He will bring His reward with Him to His children.  There will be great tribulation during that time, though.  Will He take His people home before or after?  That is another subject.  Whichever it may be, we need to be ready.  But in the meantime, if you are a believer, this will be a great moment.  I hope that all of you will consider this and if you do not know Jesus, please seek Him and accept the gift of grace that He offers freely to you before it is too late. Continue reading “God’s promises: Jesus Will Return”

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