Why the Invitation? (3 of 5) by Jerry Vines

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Why the Invitation? (3 of 5)
Series: Summer Nights Revival
Jerry Vines
Luke 14:16-24
7/11/04

This is a story which Jesus told. No one could tell a story like Jesus. They're called parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. He tells us a story in these verses of scripture.

In just a few minutes I'm going to give an invitation for many of you to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and to be saved. I do so on good Bible authority. You might say that the entire Bible is an invitational letter from God to you and to me to come to the Lord and to be saved.

I am giving this invitation on Bible authority. The last page in the Bible, the book of the Revelation, chapter 22, verse 17, says, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosever will, let him take the water of life freely."

The Bible is an invitational book, and in a little while I'm going to issue the invitation to come to Jesus Christ and to be saved.

The story which Jesus has told for us this evening is a story which explains a little bit about the gospel invitation. It is a story which explains to us why God has invited us and what our response should be to the invitation.

The Lord Jesus Christ told a parable about a man who prepared a great supper and then invited people to come to that supper, and they all began to make excuses. Jesus, in this particular story, compares salvation to a great supper. I'm glad Jesus did that. Salvation is a feast, not a funeral. The devil has done a pretty good job convincing a lot of people that if they come to Jesus Christ for salvation, all of the fun of life is over. Many Christians don't help the matter because some Christians go around with a tombstone under one arm and with a coffin under the other. A lot of people have the idea that if you come to Jesus, there is no more fun in life. It is all over.

Jesus said that salvation is like a great ...


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