Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath
(1) Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee on the Sabbath day, and he was being carefully watched to see what he would do. (2) There was a man there who was suffering from a swollen body (possibly dropsy). (3) Jesus asked the Pharisees and the experts in the law of Moses, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?” (4) But they did not say anything.
So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. (5) Then Jesus said to the religious leaders, “If one of you had a child or an ox that fell into a well on the Sabbath day, you would immediately pull it out.” (6) Again, they did not say anything.
Live a Life of Humility
(7) When Jesus saw how the guests chose the places of honor at the table (sitting on each side of the host), he told them this parable (story): (8) “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, because a more important person than you may have been invited. (9) And then the wedding host who had invited both of you will tell you, ‘Give this person your seat of honor.’ Then you will be put to shame, and you will have to sit in a less honorable seat.
(10) “Instead, when you are invited, take the least important place, so that when your host comes, he will tell you, ‘Friend, move to a more honored place at the table.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. (11) For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Compassion for the Poor
(12) Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, family, relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they might invite you back to repay you. (13) Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. (14) If you do, you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (15) When someone at the table heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
The Parable of a Wedding Banquet
Luke 14:16-24 (Matthew 22:1-14)
(16) Jesus told this parable (story): “A man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. (17) At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell everyone who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready!’ (18) But they all made excuses. The first person said, ‘I have just bought land and I must go see it. Please excuse me.’ (19) Another person said, ‘I have just bought five teams of oxen and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ (20) Still another person said, ‘I have just got married, so I can’t come.’
(21) The servant returned and told his master about all the excuses that those who were invited had made. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, crippled, blind, and lame.’ (22) The servant said, ‘Sir, what you asked us to do, we have already done, but there is still room in the banquet room.’ (23) Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country paths and persuade people to come in, so that my house will be full. (24) For I tell you the truth: Not one of these people who were invited will eat at my banquet.’ ”
The Cost of Following Jesus
Luke 14:25-33 (Matthew 10:37-38)
(25) Large crowds were walking with Jesus, and he turned to them and said, (26) “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. (27) And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
(28) “For if any of you wants to build a tower, won’t he first sit down and find out what it will cost to make sure he has enough money to finish it? (29) For if you lay the foundation and are unable to finish it, (30) everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘He started to build, but was not able to finish it.’
(31) “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against an enemy king. Won’t he sit down and determine whether his 10,000 soldiers can defeat his enemy’s 20,000 soldiers? (32) If the king concludes that he is not able to win, he will send a delegation to his far-off enemy and will ask to make peace.
(33) “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciple.”
Good Salt and Bad Salt
Luke 14:34-35 (Matthew 5:13)
Jesus said, (34) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, it cannot become salty again. (35) It is not useful either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is worthless and is thrown away. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear!”