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The Parable of the Wedding Feast reveals a God who is determined to celebrate his Son. And, a God who extends a gracious invitation to the world to join along in the celebration.
Looking at what it means to receive the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a peace extended by invitation and a peace far greater than any earthly peace.
Primary Claim: Encountering Jesus transforms us into commited believers.
Last week as Stephen began his message before the Sanhedrin. He talked about how the founding of the nation of Israel had been done by God. He stood accused of blaspheming God, but clearly He understood what God did for Israel and He was believer in the power of God. He was a believer in God and not a blasphemer of God. He had also been accused of blaspheming Moses, so he begins to explain what he believed about Moses. I. The time for God’s promise to be fulfilled arrived A. Israel had been in Egypt around 400 years as God promised Abraham (Acts 7:17, 18) 1. The people increased and multiplied in Egypt 2. A new ruler took over in Egypt who did not know Joseph B. Their time of peaceful co-existence was over (Acts 7:19) 1. This new king forced Israel into slavery 2. He told Israel they had to kill their boy babies C. Moses parents resisted this edict 1. Moses was born into this time – He was beautiful in God’s sight (Acts 7:20, 21) 2. For 3 months his parents held on to him 3. They eventually had to put him out 4. They put him in a little basket in the reeds by the river bank 5. Pharaoh’s daughter came along a. Adopted him b. Brought him up as her own son D. Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22) 1. He was a mighty speaker 2. He was a worker of mighty deeds II. Moses had a burden though for his people A. When he turned forty something moved in his heart (Acts 7:23) 1. He went to look in on his brothers (Hebrews 11:24-26) 2. The Israelites B. Wanted to defend his people – He killed Egyptian oppressing an Israelite (Acts 7:24) C. This is what he thought (Acts 7:25) 1. He thought that Israel would see that God was saving them 2. God was doing it by his hand D. They did not understand – they rejected Moses (Acts 7:26) 1. Two men were quarreling and he tried to step in and solve the problem 2. He reminded them they were brothers – they shouldn’t wrong each other E. He found out that the men knew about him killing the Egyptian (Acts 7:27, 28) 1. They thrust Moses aside 2. They mocked the idea that he would rule over them F. So Moses ran away and the people stayed in bondage another 40 years (Acts 7:29) The Patriarchs rejected the one God would use to save the nation. Israel rejected Moses the one that God would use to save the nation from Egypt. We are starting to see the pattern that Stephen wanted those to whom he was speaking to realize. He was not a blasphemer of God and Moses. Israel had been and now they were the ones rejecting the truth.
Why should you want to invite someone to church next Sunday?
Last week we looked at who Jesus is inviting to dinner. This week we look at some of the fear and anxiety people have about opening their home for dinner, and how Jesus changes it for us. In this text we read about the calling of Levi, an outcast to his Jewish brethren, as he follows Jesus, leaves everything behind, throws a party for Jesus and invites everyone he knows to meet Jesus. And while some will accuse us of hanging out with the 'wrong crowd', Jesus stands between us and our accusers, calling us all to repentance.
From time to time I hear the question, "If you could have a dinner party with any three people throughout history, who would you invite?" Invariably near the top of many invite lists would be Jesus. But what if Jesus was throwing the dinner party, who would he invite? Would he invite you? Your neighbor? The drunkard down the street? The rich guy? The poor guy? What would keep you from attending the dinner party? And how hard would Jesus and his followers work to make sure you got the invitation and made the party? In this sermon we look at who Jesus invites to dinner, and how we might make sure to receive the invitation.