(12-24) The Parable of the Great Banquet
Do not do good only to those who can return your good deeds with good deeds of their own. It is one thing to help our friends and those we know, but we truly show the love of Christ when we extend kindness, compassion, and grace to those who cannot repay us. Indeed, this is what Christ did Himself. We had a debt we could not pay; He paid the debt He did not owe. He died knowing that we would never be able to repay Him for His great act of love.
In this parable, the great banquet was initially prepared for Jesus’ people – the Jews, but they rejected His invitation, so He extended it to all people for it is His desire for none to perish, for all to be saved. Christ wants His table filled with those who trust Him – the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame; from wherever they may be found – the streets, the cities, the country. His invitation of salvation is no longer limited to a select few, whosoever will may come.
Favorite verse: (23) And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.