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The King's Invitation (7 of 7)
Series: The Mysteries of the Kingdom: A Study of the Parables of Jesus
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 22. We are finishing our series on the parables; the message from Matthew chapter 22 that I've entitled, "The King's Invitation."
Now, how many in here have ever heard ever heard a story that just shocked you? Anybody ever heard a story that just shocked you? Did you know that Jesus, when He told parables in particular, many of the parables were shocking stories? One of the reasons they drew people in like they did they were earthly stories and people could relate to them. They had a heavenly meaning. That's kind of how we understand a parable. But they were also shocking. The very, very famous parable of the Good Samaritan, a shocking parable, because the hero of the parable is a Samaritan and the Jews hated Samaritans and half-Jew, half-Gentile, Samaritans, yet he is the hero of the story. Wow! It's shocking! It's shocking! The prodigal son shocking that story! Shocking how the son was so disrespectful and terrible to his father, shocking that he would leave his father and go to the far country, shocking that when he came back, his father would receive him and even throw a party for him. Wow! But perhaps the most shocking parable that Jesus ever told is the parable about the King's invitation found in Matthew chapter 22. Jesus told this parable to the crowds on Tuesday, and He was going to be crucified just three days later on Friday. This parable is so poignant for the time, for the audience, for the crowd. It was poignant then because He was getting ready to go to the Cross. And this parable has so much to do with how people respond to His wonderful, marvelous invitation. Hey, it's poignant today. It's poignant today. It's so important for us today because, as we read this parable, you're going to find out that the King has issued an invitation to you.
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