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Threefold Excuse for NOT Coming

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

Luke 14:16-24 NIV

To put them briefly, they may stand thus—

  1. “I HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO SEE.” I have a piece of ground, and must needs go and see it” (v. 18). Why is it that men must needs go and see after their earthly possessions, and have no time to look at the provision God hath made for their eternal safety and inheritance? There are certainly many interesting things in the world to be seen, but what can be compared to the saving glory of the Cross of Christ?


  1. “I HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO DO.” “I must go to prove them” (v. 19). He was more anxious to prove the oxen than to prove the riches of the kingly offer. Some people seem to think that the time to obey the call of God will be when they have nothing else to do. There are those who will persist in going on proving their own worldly interests until they finally prove themselves to be fools. While they are “busy here and there ” their chance for eternal life is gone.


  1. “I HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO ENJOY.” “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come” (v. 20). All new relationships, whether they be business or matrimonial, are sure to have a powerful influence in one way or another. There may be no sin in marrying a wife, in buying a house, in forming a new companionship. or looking forward to some coming event; but if the affections of the heart are so centred on these that the Gospel of God’s grace must take a secondary place, then the life becomes a positive insult to the Son of God. God will not be mocked, He has emphatically declared that those who treat lightly His gracious invitation “Shall not taste of My supper.” They who prefer to make their own suppers in time will in the end feel the pinch of that poverty which is eternal. No man has ever yet been able to form a God-satisfying excuse for not accepting His Son as their Saviour. It is you God invites, not your excuses; these can never stand for YOU.


James Smith

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