16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. 24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” (Luke 14:15-24 NLT)
How many times have you been invited to an event and turned it down? Maybe because you had a prior commitment or were too busy or just did not want to go? God invites us to Great Feast with Him in His Kingdom. The invitation is for everyone. Are you going?
I think Jesus was warning the Jews and today warning the "good religious people" not to turn down His invitation. When the religious elite turned away, the outcast were invited. When the Jews turned away, the Gentiles were invited. Regardless of who you are, Jesus is inviting you today. Accept His invitation.