Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
the great parable in the fourteenth chapter of Luke, giving an account
of the great supper an ancient lord prepared for his friends and
neighbors, and to which, when they asked to be excused, he invited the
halt and the lame from the city slums and the lepers from outside the
gate, there is a significant picture and object lesson of the program of
Christianity in this age.
In the first place, it is
obvious to every thoughtful mind that the Master is beginning to excuse
the Gospel-hardened people of Christian countries.
It is getting
constantly more difficult to interest the unsaved of our own land,
especially those that have been accustomed to hear the Gospel and the
things of Christ.
They have asked to be excused from the Gospel feast,
and the Lord is excusing them.
At the same time, two
remarkable movements indicated in the parable are becoming more and more
manifest in our time.
One is the Gospel for the slums and the neglected
classes at home; the other is the Gospel for the heathen or the
neglected classes abroad.
~A. B. Simpson~