Luke 14:24, “For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste My banquet.”
What men is Jesus referring to at the close of this parable? Those people the master’s servant invited to the banquet but made excuses (vv. 17-18). God is the Master in the parable, Christ the servant, and we are the men whom He invites. Today is Thanksgiving Day. Let us think of today’s feast as a foretaste of the Great Banquet to come. Moreover, Christ invites us to His supper table to partake of His body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine for forgiveness of sins. This Holy Supper is the greater foretaste of His Banquet to come. The Lord invites all to this Supper, but many make excuses: that they have better things to do on Sunday mornings, that God isn’t real, and even believers who blaspheme His body and blood by claiming it’s a symbol, thus drinking judgement unto themselves (1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:27-29). Those who reject Christ though they are invited shall not see His Banquet. Those who rejecte the real presence of Christ’s body and blood drink judgement unto themselves, according to Paul, and are clueless as to the foretaste of the Great Banquet, since in their ignorance they receive no comfort or assurance in the Lord’s Supper. But we who honour this orthodox rite, we get a small taste of the Great Banquet. It is appropriate that the Eucharist originates from the Greek word “to give thanks” or “be grateful” (εὐχαριστέω, eucharistéo). As we give thanks to one another today, let us give our greatest thanks to Christ our Lord for His gracious invitation to His table for forgiveness of sins as a foretaste of His Great Banquet to come.