Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Spread (Luke 14:1-24)

Christ is invited to dine with the leader of the Pharisees.  It seems that Christ’s ministry is moving in a positive direction where he is making inroads with the movers and shakers of the society.  This seems to be underscored when we notice Luke tells us that the Phariesses were watching Him carefully.  This has to mean that Christ is being accepted by significant people.  Or is this banquet hosted for more nefarious reasons?