HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.–Luke 14:17-18, 21
There Is Room for the Truly Hungry
I want you, lastly, to observe how the circle of the invitation widens. There are first of all the duly invited guests. They had a long invitation to the supper, and when all things were ready they got another bidding. Then they refused, and the invitation widens; it extends through the lanes and streets of the town. But still, the servant is within the walls; he has received no mandate to go through the gates. There may be many a hungry gipsy by the hedge, but no glad word of welcome reaches him. Then comes the last great widening of the circle, consequent upon the servant’s word, “yet there is room.” And away beyond the towers of the city, in the lawless and dangerous and beautiful environs of it, there is given the strange calling to the feast.
So is it with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? He came unto His own, and they received Him not; the guardians of the people’s faith rejected Him; so He went to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to the lanes and the streets of the old city of God.
This reminds me of “Starlight of Israel Healing School” where the mission was to hit the dark alleys and the corners in the town of Rochester to bring in those from the streets, Come see a man that told me all about you, Isn’t this the Christ that you are longing for? The servant of the Lord cried out, come, taste and see that the Lord is good There is room for everyone. Give Him your heart today. That was the plea from Bishop Darryl now the Patriarch.
But the clay was coming when an ascended Saviour was to say to His disciples, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” and in that day it is our joy to live. Every preacher who tells of a crucified Lord, and every missionary who in the zeal of love uplifts the cross in the far and darkened countries, do so because the Master has said to him, “Compel them to come in.” That is the mission and the vision for the Mystical Order Ministries today. Isn’t this the Christ who met the woman at the well and when He spoke to her, she recognized Him and left her waterpots at the well and ran into the village with a message. “Come see a man who told me all I have done, Isn’t he the Messiah?” Do you have a message or do you want to hear the message of salvation?