Luke 14:17

17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

Read Luke 14:17 Using Other Translations

And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’

What does Luke 14:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 14:17

And sent his servant at supper time
Either John the Baptist, the harbinger and forerunner of Christ, who declared that the kingdom of heaven, or the Gospel dispensation, was at hand; and exhorted the people to believe in Christ that should come after him; or Christ himself, who is God's servant as man, of his choosing and appointing, and whom he sent in the fulness of time in the form of a servant, as the minister of the circumcision, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and to call sinners to repentance; or servant may be put for servants, since in ( Matthew 22:3 Matthew 22:4 ) mention is made of more; and so the Persic version here; which parable bears some likeness to this, if it is not the same; and may design the apostles of Christ, who were the servants of the most high God, and the ministers of Christ, who were first sent by him to preach the Gospel to the Jews, and to them only for a while:

to say to them that were bidden, come:
this call, or invitation, was not the internal call, which is a fruit of love, and by grace, and of mighty power; to special blessings, grace, and glory; and is irresistible, effectual, and unchangeable: but external, to outward ordinances: and is often slighted and neglected; and is sometimes of persons who are neither chosen, nor sanctified, nor saved:

for all things are now ready;
the Syriac version adds, "for you": righteousness, pardon of sin, peace, and reconciliation, sin put away by the sacrifice of Christ, redemption obtained, and life and salvation secured; which shows the perfection of the present dispensation, and the large provisions of the Gospel, to which nothing is, or can be brought to be added to them, or qualify for them.

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