This parable of Jesus would have really irritated his religious listeners and at the same time encouraged the others. To his Jewish audience, Jesus is challenging them for missing what God was doing right then to call them to repent and follow Jesus the Messiah. As we will see, for many their irritation will grow to anger and they will orchestrate his murder soon. The non- Jews hear in this story that God has invited them to be part of what He is doing and they have the same opportunity as those who grew up with Jewish heritage.
It is so good to know that God doesn’t show favoritism but makes His invitation to a new life through Jesus available to all who will accept it. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV)
In the history surrounding Jesus’ birth we see this clearly; the shepherds weren’t in the “in crowd” and the Wise Men were foreigners, but God invited them to see what He was doing and they responded with joy and obedience. I am so glad that our God invites all of us to be part of His family. If you haven’t yet responded to His invitation, Christmas is a perfect time.
I hope you will be with us at one of our Christmas Eve services as we remember and thank God for the greatest gift ever!