Second Sunday after Trinity (1882)
Luke 14:15-24There is one sin of whose seriousness and dreadful consequences the unconverted haveno idea. This sin is the contempt of God's grace. Disobedience toward parents and men,murder, adultery, theft, perjury, etc., the man of the world also holds for wrongdoing. Hencethe penalty of the worldly poor for such. But those who do not hear the Gospel, who despisethe blessings of salvation contained and offered in it, today as yesterday remain anunconverted man, the world does not feel and does not fear these sins. Yes, the whole worldconsiders the acceptance of grace as folly, and the contempt of grace as wisdom. Therefore thissin has flooded the whole world like water. Also many in Christian congregations are trapped inthis cord of the hellish hunter. We therefore now consider:
The severe, dreadful sin of contempt of divine grace;
We demonstrate this sin as serious and terrifying1.
in what it despises
.Grace, a banquet of grace, is despised on this occasion. The Lord Himself calls it "great".Everything at this meal is great, precious, and valuable. God Himself has prepared it not for aman, prince, or an angel. Here we have the source of all good, eternal love, eternal goodness,the great, rich, glorious God as host. How the invited rush to a royal table, and the table of grace of the Lord of Lords is despised!Great is this supper, because the Triune God has prepared it from eternity according toHis counsel, and has used great effort and cost in preparing it; O, who can grasp and describethe preparation of this banquet! God became man, God fulfilled in Christ all thecommandments, God paid the sins of the world through suffering and death, God overcamedeath and hell, God acquired all the treasures of grace and eternal life; and all these treasures,gifts and blessings he set before us on the table of the holy Gospel and the venerablesacraments. And the sinner despises all this! God's eternal love and goodness will not move hisheart! He dislikes redemption from sin, Law, curse, death and hell! He contemptuously rejectsChrist's adornment and righteousness, the new birth, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, life andsalvation. Who can find words to describe this serious and dreadful sin? God's only begottenSon Himself shed bitter tears over this sin at the gates of Jerusalem.But in the end they have such unfortunate reasons with which they are able to excusethe contempt of the grace of God in something. No. We also consider the seriousness of theirsin.2.
in their loose excuses
.No man knows about the nature of God's grace. His banquet of grace is a hiddenmystery to all. Therefore God Himself can invite them; He makes it manifest, describes it,advertises it in the loveliest way: Come, for everything is ready. I, I have prepared everything.