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INTRODUCTION: Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God as a great banquet, a party. He says that the King is throwing an elaborate and festive banquet to which He invites guests. God invites us to enjoy His presence forever and ever, feasting and celebrating, but there are many who will make excuses for not responding.
Can you imagine being on the invite list? This would have to be the greatest meal, the greatest party, and infinitely greater than any ever attended before.
For some of the poorest of the poor, it will be the only good meal they've ever had.
Menu: Not Hamburger-Helper, frozen pizza, Ramen noodles, or fish sticks. Krispy Kreme, maybe!
Meals are woven throughout the Bible
Garden, Passover, God hosts in Promised Land: Milk and Honey
Jesus' ministry (John 15:2) Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9)
Jesus, while on earth, gives us a preview of life in the kingdom to come.
Matthew 6:10, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
I. THE KINGDOM LIFE TABLE PROMISE.
People who have experienced Jesus' gracious
hospitality should extend the same type of
If you've experienced it, you should extend it.
Jesus is giving every person that belongs to
Him an opportunity to be a missionary without
a passport. He's encouraging us to reach out to
those who cannot repay.
EXAMPLE: Former Governor Perdue and Mary invited a Waffle House employee to the Mansion for dinner with her entire family, and he invited his entire family.
In Luke's gospel, Jesus was either going to a meal, was at a meal, or coming from a meal. (Robert Karris, Eating Your Way Through Luke's Gospel)
How would you complete this sentence: The Son of Man Came…
Karris says the New Testament completes this sentence with three answers. The first two describe why, the third describes how He came:
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