Jesus is on the offensive. They were watching him to trap him but he silenced them with this offensive. Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? He was invited to eat at someone's house to be watched. What a better place to keep an eye on Jesus than at the dinner table?
This lesson on choosing the lowest seat has influenced me, even as recently as last Wednesday. I didn't get invited to the best seat.
Go tot he highways and hedges and compel people. What bushes have you shaken lately?
Jesus is out front saying it will cost you family comforts if you follow him. Consider this before you start.
The excuses people make for not following Jesus are not new. Jesus anticipated them in this text. How many people in America will face God's wrath because the bought a field or have to try out their new ride or want to hang out with their family?