Vs. 27, “When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable.” I love how we are given this description of Jesus taking notice. In this chapter we see Jesus invited to a banquet (vs. 1-14), so it’s no coincidence that Jesus shares a parable about a banquet (vs. 15-24). To this day, sharing a meal together brings us closer, but the enemy was still trying to find ways to trap Jesus on the Sabbath. Jesus would not be deterred. He healed the man and then shared with them how their pride affected who should sit where during the meal (vs. 7-11). In the parable of the banquet, we see guests who were already invited give excuses for why they couldn’t come. And lastly, we see Jesus expounding on this desire for all to come to the banquet, but making very clear the expectation (vs. 25-35).
Regarding application…Jesus’ Expectation. Vs. 26, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” Question: Is Jesus saying we must hate our family over Him? No, but in comparison to the love and priority of God, it should be a no-brainer. God must come first. Did you get that? God must come first! Jesus gives us the opportunity to consider and count the cost. Who are you following? Career, family, the world? Is it worth giving up all you want for Jesus? While Jesus wants all to be saved, He also wants us to know that there is an expectation of commitment. A commitment not out of legalism, but out of the goodness of our heart towards Jesus. Trust in the Lord and prayerful consider what Jesus expects in an area of your life.