Jesus loves telling stories to get His point across.
One of the men commented on His story while they were eating. It seems as if he wanted to impress Jesus that they were on the same page spiritually.
Jesus was talking about those He noticed who wanted the "seat of honor." So, this man said, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." At first glance it sounds OK and a good statement, right? (Luke 14)
Jesus had a different view of his comment. Which led Him to tell another story.
This time He talked about someone who prepared a great banquet and invited many guests. They accepted his invitation. He began to make preparations for their coming. Once everything was in place. "He sent his servant to let the people know it was now time to come. Everything was ready.
But they ALL ALIKE began to make excuses." (vs 18)
Then Jesus, in His true story-form-fashion, began to give examples. In each case it sounded legitimate to the ears of those...