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Invitation to Life
who believes in the Son will have life everlasting.
A wealthy man
planned a great banquet, and invited many guests. When the preparations
were completed, he sent his servant to gather those who had been
invited. "Come,” he said, “for all things are ready."
But all those
who had been invited began to make excuses.
The first replied:
"I have just purchased a piece of land, and I must go and look
at it again. Please have me excused."
The second said:
"I have just purchased a herd of cattle, and I must go and
examine it. Please have me excused."
A third answered:
"I have recently been married, and for this, I cannot attend."
servant returned and reported what had happened. Hearing the disappointing
news, the master commanded: "Go quickly into the streets of
the city, and gather the poor, the lame, the ill and the blind."
hurried to do this, and soon returned, saying: "Sir, I have
done as you commanded, and still there is room at the table."
the rich man replied, " along the highways and among the fields,
and urge those you meet to come in, that my table might be filled.
For I say to you: none of those that were originally invited will
taste of the banquet that I had prepared for them."
my word and believes in the One who has sent me will find eternal
life and not be condemned. Instead, they will pass from death unto
life. Do not be amazed at this; for the time is coming when even
the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear
his voice shall live. In their graves, the dead will recognize his
voice and be raised up; those that have done good will be raised
to new life, and those who have lived wrongfully will be raised
the way to eternal life: know the only true God and Jesus Christ,
the one sent to you by God. Take my words to heart. For God so loved
the world, that he offered his only Son a living sacrifice, that
whoever believes in him will not perish, but be redeemed and have
everlasting life. This good news of the kingdom shall be preached
in the entire world as a witness to all nations; and then shall
the end come.