In Luke 14:16-24, we read the Parable of the great supper, and in verse 14 there is the invitation, “Come; for all things are now ready”. This simple invitation illustrates the difference between christianity and every other religion, and also the difference between the true biblical gospel and every perversion of it. It highlights for us the absolute uniqueness of true christianity. No other religion can give this invitation without any qualification whatsoever. Other religions and cults say ‘Do, do, do.’ The true christian gospel says, ‘Done, done, done’!
The seeker, who has been trying to get RightWithGod in every way he can find or think of, is in a miserable state. He may spend years trying to remove, or alleviate his guilt before God and the fear that goes with, but he is on a search which always hits the buffers. Such a search will supply no rest for his soul. His guilt and stain remains.
What relief, what joy, what happiness for such a person when they come to know the core truth of the Gospel of Christ. When they truly hear the invitation, “Come, for all things are now ready”, what indescribable happiness! All good works, good deeds, good service; all penances, all self -sacrificing, all spiritual and religious efforts, are completely abandoned as grounds for salvation. As one person put it when asked what was it like when you became a christian. He answered, ‘I took all my bad deeds and gathered them all in a heap. Then I took all my good deeds, and put them on the same horrible heap, and I freely received Christ as my Saviour’. He heard the invitation, “Come, for all things are now ready”, he grasped the precious truth, and in a moment he was truly RightWithGod.
We must not miss the weight of the little word, “now”. The gospel invitation is always, “now”. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation.” There is no guarantee that the invitation will be there for us tomorrow. Getting RightWithGod is an urgent matter. There is nothing more urgent in anyone’s life. You see, not only does God have a plan for your life, but Satan also has a plan for you life. If you are not saved, then Satan looks on you as one of his ‘projects’, and he redoubles his effort to put his plan into action when you hear the unique invitation of Christianity, “Come, for all things are now ready”, and it catches your imagination. Satan then puts his favourite strategy into action, namely, making you procrastinate. He whispers in your ear, ‘Don’t rush, there is plenty of time. There are so many other things in your plans. put this invitation aside for the present, and you can come back to it at a more convenient time’. My friend, do not listen, there will never be a convenient time, Satan will ensure that at every point.
Banish him, my friend, and receive this unique invitation, which is the very soul of biblical christianity.