by Terry J. Hallock

An Invitation to Supper
T. J. Hallock
Hebrews 13:9-16

You are invited to supper with a person you might not wish to be seen with, at a place you might not wish to go, and for a meal you might not wish to eat. The host of this supper is not attractive; some might call Him repulsive. It was once written of him, ''He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not'' (Isaiah 53:2b-3). His forehead has a circle of scars all the way around it as if a hundred sharp needles had once been pushed into it. His hands and feet are also bear the scar tissue of some long ago wounds.

Not only is the host of this supper unpleasant to the human eye, He is unwelcome in human society. He has been so offensive to others that polite society has shunned him. That is why this meal will not be held at The Tavern of the Pheasant or The Packinghouse. There won't be cocktails and hors d'ourves at The Kennsington. Our host is not welcome at those establishments. This supper will be held outside the city gates up a dusty hill that once served as an execution site. The menu will not be crepes from The Landmark or pasta from Chez Willy's. It will be the flesh and blood of your host. If you are not already convinced this is an invitation to avoid I must also tell you that dining with you will be the very dregs of society - murderers, liars, thieves, prostitutes, and every kind of sinner imaginable.

There is no logical reason known to man why any reasonable person would accept this invitation, except one. Our host is Jesus Christ! The scars He carries that make Him so repulsive to man exist because He bore the sin of all humanity. The meal you are invited to eat is the celebration of His victory over death and the grave. A victory He promised can be ours if we will sit ...

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