The parable presents us with an Exceptional Invitation, but also says there are Exclusions and those who make Excuses.
As a truly terrible dinner guest, Jesus contrasts the earthly banquet he attends with the Pharisees to the heavenly banquet. Many who believed they would be honoured will not. Many who also believe they would be there, ultimately will not. To be invited to the heavenly banquet is truly exceptional and is an immeasurable privilege. We must be sure that we are not those who will be excluded and neither must we make excuses in accepting Jesus or following him today.