Re:Verse passage – Luke 14:12-24 (day four)
Remember the context of where Jesus was teaching…He had been invited to one of the Pharisee’s home, for the purpose of entrapping Him in some misstep. The other guests were scrambling for the best seats at the table and Jesus had already rebuked them for their self-centeredness and greed.
Jesus lays out a scenario that would never have occurred with this group of people. The guest’s pronouncement of the pending blessing in heaven (v.15) was the expectation that they…the Pharisees…would be the ones enjoying the honor at the great banquet in heaven. The Pharisees saw their own righteousness and works as their pass into heaven. It was a rejection of God’s grace for man who could never earn his way to heaven.
Where is your trust placed for forgiveness of sin? Is it your personal righteousness or God’s grace? “For by grace we have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesian 2:8-9)