1/16/2000 6:00 PM
Christ was at one of the chief Pharisees houses and had expounded some things, whereupon this one commented that it would be a blessing to be a part of the kingdom of God. The supper is God's invitation to the plan of salvation. Where Christ is concerned, things are ready. NOW is the day of salvation. He is inviting people to come and partake. He would work in the hearts and lives of mankind today. We can look forward to heaven, but Christ has provided something for us now, also.
This is the feast Christ spoke of. It is a feast of rich things for our soul. The veil has to do with how men's eyes (understanding) were blinded - Christ would bring understanding. When Christ died, the plan of salvation was finished. This supper is God's deliverance from the power of sin. The excuses made for not serving God are pretty poor. In the parable, the ones who made excuse made poor excuse - bad business practices and placing the blame on others. Maybe you should serve God before they do. Be careful what kind of excuses you make. The person always making excuses will get to the end without making the choice to serve God. When people won't serve God, there is likely an excuse back of it. There is NO good reason to fail to serve God, and the excuses are pretty lame. The needy of this world perhaps need to hear the gospel the most. People with problems and difficulties need to share in the benefits that God provided. The gospel is for all, but many would make excuse. God gives you more than you could ever offer - freedom from sin and fear. When we came to God we were a creature in need. Of ourselves we are weak, but through God we are strong. The supper is for those that have need. Christ admonished his disciples to carry the gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. Some among the Jews accepted the gospel and as there was yet room, they took the message to the world and COMPELLED them to come in. Compel: to draw or drive them in. What is the compelling argument to go this way? As we consider our calling, how do we make it compelling? What are we selling? Is it entertainment? or is it a relationship with God? Christ offers us to get on God's side. What makes the gospel compelling?
Acts 13:6, 7
Paul and Barnabas didn't advertise, but something got to this deputy and he called for them. He wanted to hear the gospel. v. 15 The rulers of the synagogue wanted to hear what Paul and Barnabas had to say. There was something compelling about them - the Gentiles wanted to hear what they had to offer. If what you offer to the world is compelling, you'll have people waiting in line. We want Christ to draw others to himself through our lives. This is the best, a great supper. We may meet opposition from those who reject Christ, but we, as the disciples, should want that God would make our lives such that the message is driven home, that God is at work in us.
1 Corinthians 14:23-25
If the church come together and speak in tongues (languages) it will make people think you are crazy. If people speak under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that which is clearly understood (what God would have said), it will be compelling and convincing. God knows what needs to be said. You may say something and never know what has been accomplished. Follow God's guiding. Prophesy is speaking with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Speak what God would have said. His wisdom is compelling. The secrets of your heart may be found out - bringing conviction of the Spirit that there is a need and God is able to provide. Let Jesus shine through you. Let his presence be real in your life to both saint and sinner.
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
"Knowing the terror of the Lord..." - the judgment, where we will answer for the deeds we do. The compelling point of the gospel is... "the love of Christ constraineth us." Christ died for all - as all needed salvation. The love of Christ makes the gospel compelling. We can have a pure love toward all mankind. Through our life, others should be compelled to seek Christ, too. We should live for Christ because he loved us so. We need to serve him, because he gave himself for us.