December 28, 2015 Length: 33:43
The Parable of the Great supper is always read two Sundays before Nativity because it is about the Incarnation. We describe its main parts, before we get to the most important part. It describes in a poetic way the Incarnation, the rejection of the Messiah by the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles. This is all important to know, but it is background for the critical moral teaching that all Christians must understand and do. There are two important phrases that we go over in great detail: "And they *ALL* with one consent began to make excuse...". This describes the propensity for human nature to fall away from God. What will check our fall? The parable answers in a mystical way: "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in...". This word "compel" has an immediate meaning in the parable of urgency, but its spiritual meaning is more profound and unspeakably beautiful. The Christian who tastes of God is COMPELLED, not from the outside by any external law or force, but internally, in his own heart, to follow God. This is not the giving up of free will, or as Calvin misunderstands, God overriding our free will, but it is the marvelous transformation of the soul into a creature that becomes incapable of sin, and only capable of righteousness.