Luke 14* Christ heals a man on the sabbath. (1-6) He teaches humility.(7-14) Parable of the great supper. (15-24) The necessity ofconsideration and self-denial. (25-35)1-6 This Pharisee, as well as others, seems to have had an illdesign in entertaining Jesus at his house. But our Lord wouldnot be hindered from healing a man, though he knew a clamourwould be raised at his doing it on the sabbath. It requires careto understand the proper connexion between piety and charity inobserving the sabbath, and the distinction between works of realnecessity and habits of self-indulgence. Wisdom from above,teaches patient perseverance in well-doing. 7-14 Even in the common actions of life, Christ marks what wedo, not only in our religious assemblies, but at our tables. Wesee in many cases, that a man's pride will bring him low, andbefore honour is humility. Our Saviour here teaches, that worksof charity are better than works of show. But our Lord did notmean that a proud and unbelieving liberality should be rewarded,but that his precept of doing good to the poor and afflictedshould be observed from love to him. 15-24 In this parable observe the free grace and mercy of Godshining in the gospel of Christ, which will be food and a feastfor the soul of a man that knows its own wants and miseries. Allfound some pretence to put off their attendance. This reprovesthe Jewish nation for their neglect of the offers of Christ'sgrace. It shows also the backwardness there is to close with thegospel call. The want of gratitude in those who slight gospeloffers, and the contempt put upon the God of heaven thereby,justly provoke him. The apostles were to turn to the Gentiles,when the Jews refused the offer; and with them the church wasfilled. The provision made for precious souls in the gospel ofChrist, has not been made in vain; for if some reject, otherswill thankfully accept the offer. The very poor and low in theworld, shall be as welcome to Christ as the rich and great; andmany times the gospel has the greatest success among those thatlabour under worldly disadvantages and bodily infirmities.Christ's house shall at last be filled; it will be so when thenumber of the elect is completed. 25-35 Though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yetthey all bear their cross, and must bear it in the way of duty.Jesus bids them count upon it, and then consider of it. OurSaviour explains this by two similitudes; the former showingthat we must consider the expenses of our religion; the latter,that we must consider the perils of it. Sit down and count thecost; consider it will cost the mortifying of sin, even the mostbeloved lusts. The proudest and most daring sinner cannot standagainst God, for who knows the power of his anger? It is ourinterest to seek peace with him, and we need not send to askconditions of peace, they are offered to us, and are highly toour advantage. In some way a disciple of Christ will be put tothe trial. May we seek to be disciples indeed, and be carefulnot to grow slack in our profession, or afraid of the cross;that we may be the good salt of the earth, to season thosearound us with the savour of Christ.
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