by Marvin D. Patterson

Reactions to a Royal Invitation
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 22:1-14

Dear John,

I have been unable to sleep since I broke off our engagement.

Won't you forgive and forget? Your absence is breaking my heart.

I was a fool - nobody can take your place. I love you.

All my love,

Belinda. xxxxoooxxxx

P.S. Congratulations on winning this week's lottery.

A man named Fred had tickets to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, right at center ice. As Fred sat down, a man came and asked him if anyone was going to occupy the seat next to him.

"No," said Fred, "sit right down. The seat will be empty."

"That's incredible!" said the man. "Who in their right mind would reserve a seat like this for the Stanley Cup and then not use it?"

Fred said, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Stanley Cup we haven't been to together since we got married nearly 50 years ago."

"Oh... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else - a friend or relative, or even a neighbor - to take her seat?"

Fred shook his head sadly. "No. They're all at the funeral."


We are studying the last week of the earthy life of Christ. He is giving out a series of three parables to illustrate that since these religious leaders, and the Nation of Israel had rejected Him, then His father would also reject them.

If you will remember, Jesus came into the City of Jerusalem riding on the foal of a donkey on Sunday which would be Palm Sunday. There was a great celebration by which the people were looking for a military deliver from the bondage and oppression of the Roman Empire. Jesus did not get up an army to overthrow the Romans, but He came back into the city on Monday, and He cleansed the temple of the moneychangers and livestock crooks. He threw them out of the temple and their tables and chairs. He came back on Tuesday, and cursed the fig t ...

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