What's Your Excuse!
Scripture Luke 14:15-24
Introduction: Jesus was a master teacher, who spoke many things to the people in parables; because they did not understand the new spiritual truth, better known as the New Testament. Jesus knew how to take an earthly story and explain spiritual things. Jesus is explaining things that will take place in the end times.
Two different Invitations: The first invitation went out to an elite group of people namely the Jews. They rejected Jesus as Savior and Lord, and then a second invitation went out to all people of the world. The invitations spoken of were not just to a feast but a royal feast. The invitation is to the marriage supper of the Lamb Jesus Christ, which will take place at Jesus second coming. All invitations are secured through salvation, purchased by Jesus through the shedding of his blood; through salvation, we have eternal life with him in heaven. Unfortunately, this same invitation is the subject of excuses even today. Just like in the scriptures, self-interest and the pleasures of this world has kept many from coming to Christ.
The origin of excuses date back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree God told him not to eat. Adam tried to excuse himself by blaming his wife Eve. Eve tried to excuse herself by blaming the serpent. In this parable, the first man tried to excuse himself by saying, "I have bought a piece of land and I need to go and see it." Please have me excused. The problem with that excuse is he should have inspected the land prior to the purchasing the land. Also, inspecting the land after he purchased it would profit him nothing. The second man tried to excuse himself by saying, "I have bought five yokes of oxen, and I must go to Prove or test them please have me excused.” The time to test the oxen was before the purchase. Again, this does not make sense; if he was serious about testing the oxen, it should have done it prior to the purchase. The third man tried to excuse himself by saying, "I have married a wife and therefore I cannot come.” The pleasures of a new wife could have waited; after all, she was his wife and not a blind date.
All three of these men offered excuses because of some supposedly preplanned activities. The invitation to Salvation is still being offered, and people are giving excuses. When you stand before God on judgement day, no excuse will be accepted. If you have not repented of your sins, and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, hell will be your home throughout eternity. Now is the accepted time, today is the day of salvation, if you hear his voice do not reject him. Jesus said, "Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door in will come in to him. (See Rev. 3:20)
Here are some of the excuses given today:
1. I am too young to think about God. Youthful activities should not take the place of God.
2. I am too busy to think about God. Your career and other activities should not take the place of God.
3. I am too happy to think about God. True happiness can only come from God.
4. I am too tired to think about God. Don’t let the devil zap your energy to worshiping God.
5. I am too smart to think about God. Education is a tool to be use in the work place, not something to replace God.
6. Christianity takes all the fun out of life. Those who come to Jesus will have unspeakable joy, the kind that the world cannot give and the world cannot take it away.
7. I do not like the preacher. It is the power of the gospel; and faith in Jesus that saves us from our sins, not the preacher. (See Romans 1: 16) The preacher is the messenger, not the message.
8. It is too late to think about God. This is man's final excuse. Whatever state a person dies in will determine his destiny forever. (See Rev. 22: 11)