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Series: Restoring Your Passion for Life
Luke 14:16-18a; Luke 14:21-23
We are continuing our series on ''Renewing Your Passion For Life.'' Today we want to talk about ''A Passion For The Lost.'' We have been known through the years as a church that has a passion for the lost, and that is because you as individuals have had a passion for the lost. It is not a church that has a passion, but it is individuals that have a passion for the lost. And if all of us individuals have a passion, then we will truly be a church who has a passion, a fire, a zeal to see people who are lost without Christ come to know Him. Lost, unchurched people who do not have a church home, outside of His family, who do not know Christ, as Savior will come to know Him. Now in the Bible, Jesus in a story about a man who prepared a great supper teaches about this and I want you to notice in Luke 14:16, we have the parable of the great supper.
Luke 14:16-18a ''Then He told him: 'A man was giving a large banquet and invite many. At the time of the banquet, he sent his slave to tell those who were invited, Come, because everything is now ready.' But without exception they all began to make excuses...''
Luke 14:21-23 ''So the salve came back and reported these things to his master. Then in anger, the master of the house told his slave, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame!' 'Master', the slave said, 'what you ordered has been done, and there's still room.' Then the master told the slave, 'Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.'''
There is a very simple explanation to this parable; the ''master'' is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a very wealthy man who has prepared this banquet. At first it was prepared for the upper crust of society, those who are the privileged, those who have heard the message many times. The supper represents salvation. The supper represents what God has done for us in Christ.
II. THE HEAVENLY CONDITION
So, first we have the heavenly condition. The provision is everything is now ready. Christ has died on the cross for our sins. Christ has secured salvation. His blood has been shed. The payment of sin has been made. Salvation is a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. The table has been made ready. Salvation is like a banquet of good food. It is the most excellent food, the most expensive food that you could eat. It will nourish your soul in life and in eternity. And it is all prepared and it is absolutely free. And it has been made ready.
Then there is the pronouncement. He sent his salve to tell those who had been invited. The slave represents you and me. We are the slaves, the bondservants of Jesus Christ. Now you may not like to think about yourself as a slave, but the apostle Paul thought of himself as a slave. He called himself the bondserv ...
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