The Parable of the Great Banquet | I will show grace to everybody.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.
Titus 2:11 NLT
Jesus was sitting at the table when a man said to him “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God.” Jesus then shared a parable.
“A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come the banquet is ready.’ But they all began to make excuses, claiming that the timing was inconvenient. The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly, into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
In this parable, Jesus is telling us that we need to show grace to everybody even when we do not want to or feel like it. We need to show grace to every person we encounter because Jesus shows us grace daily. We are given grace not because we deserve it, but because Jesus loves us. Regardless of who we are or what we have done, Jesus chooses to show us grace and love every day. Jesus calls us to show the same grace to others.
Questions to think about:
- When the guests started to make excuses, what did the master tell his servant to do?
- How does Jesus show us grace?
- Jesus calls us to show grace to everybody. How can I show grace to others even when I am treated poorly by others?