The supper is ready and the invitations have been sent. But what is an invitation? An invitation is to request someone to be present, a summons to participate, or an attempt to get someone to join you at a specific event.
The man with Jesus saw the brilliance of God’s Kingdom, yet he did not yet see how to get in. In Jesus’ story, many turned down the solicitation to the dinner because the circumstance was badly arranged; the timing was inconvenient. We also can oppose or postpone reacting to God’s greeting, and our reasons may sound sensible. Our work obligations, family duties, monetary need, or whatever might be the situation. In any case, God’s invitation is the most important occasion in our lives, regardless of how awkwardly it could be coordinated. Is it true that we are rationalizing to try not to react to God’s call? Jesus advises us that the opportunity will come when God quits inviting us, and it will be past the point where it is possible to get into the banquet.
A king makes a marriage for his son, some responded, some did not.
In Biblical times, it was customary to give two invitations. First to announce that an event was to take place, this is a preparatory invitation. The second was to state that the event was ready, now it is time to arrive. The guests in Jesus' story offended the host by rationalizing when he gave the subsequent greeting. The first invitation came from Moses & the prophets, the second invitation came from Jesus. The religious leaders accepted the first invitation but not the second one. They accepted that God had called them to be his people, however they offended God by declining to acknowledge his Son. Consequently, as the master in the story sent his servant into the roads to welcome the poor to his feast, so God sent his Son to the entire world of destitute individuals to reveal to them God's Kingdom had shown up and was prepared for them.
These guests insulted the host with excuses when the second invitation was sent. The first man was concerned with his possessions. The second man was concerned with his business. The third man was concerned with his family.
An invitation is:
When a ship is sinking, do you have to invite people to get in the lifeboat? Size of the boat is not the problem; it is that there are not enough rowers. The entrance to heaven is by God’s invitation only. We cannot buy our way in or use our social status. When God calls, man will have to answer in one way or another. If people act today as did these pious Jews, the invitation may not come again.
Is your invitation for salvation, or to get your heart right with God?