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God's Family Reunion 8/21/09
"Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recommpence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, and lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. And when one of them sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many; And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first one said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it. I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. Luke 14:12-20

As it was our blessing to travel to Washington State to enjoy a family reunion with our children and grandchildren, this verse came to mind as I thought of the blessings of family. It was important to us that all of our family was there, for that brings the greatest enjoyment when the whole family is together in one place for a period of time. Often times, though, not all are able or willing to join in such gatherings such as family reunions, even though the the invitation is sent forth. In these difficult economic times it is understandable why some are not able to travel great distances, it is understandable that due to circumstances that some are not able to make it. But it is quite another thing when some stay away for other reasons, in their mind concluding that they are not welcome because of strained or broken relationships within the family. And sometimes that is the case, but usually it is only their perception that they are not welcome.

Which bring us to our point of this parable of Jesus: All are welcome to the Great Reunion of God's family. Through our fall into sin, our connection in His Family has been lost, but through the work of Jesus on the cross, God has reconnected the world (us) unto Himself. There is no good reason why we should stay away from the Reunion that God organized through the cross. We have all received an invitation, which is printed in red on white paper. He is looking upon his creation (us) with grace yet today, not wanting that anyone would turn away the invitation to enter into His Family. His clear message to us today it for us to come to His Reunion. Let us not be deluded into thinking that we would not be welcomed/enjoyed by Him. There we will find grace greater than all our sin. Let us believe the message of the Gospel today, that through faith in Christ, we have the forgiveness of our sin. In the same way that we are most joyful when many of the family are together at a reunion, much more so our Father is overjoyed when many many of His Children are reunited with Him in the Greatest of all Reunions, the Kingdom of God.

In the Reunited Family of God.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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