Parable of the Great Banquet

Jesus told a story of a master who gave a feast and the guests he invited.

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Memory Verse

At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

Audio Icon   Luke 14:17



No doubt the master had a great deal of time, money, and effort to prepare for this celebration. So when he sent his servant to bring in the invited guests, he must have been excited for them to begin to arrive. But one by one they refused his invitation. Their reasons varied, but the bottom line is that they were all too busy to attend the master’s celebration. Their refusal must have both hurt and angered him. They just didn’t want to stop what they were doing to celebrate with him.

But the master wouldn’t settle for an empty house. He sent his servants out again and again to invite the people in his community that usually were ignored, forgotten or even mistreated. And while he was sad and angry about those that did not come, he was excited to open his house to those who did say yes.

God is inviting us to celebrate with him as well―both here on this earth and eternally in heaven. Are you too busy or too distracted to reply to God’s invitation? Make sure that following God takes priority in your life. Answer when he invites you!

Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the kingdom of God while he was on this earth. Want to dig deeper and learn more about what Jesus said about the kingdom of God? Check out some other stories in Luke 13:18-21 and Matthew 13.


Think of a time when you were invited to a celebration. Or maybe a time when you had a celebration and invited other people to come. Being invited and included is a great feeling. It is even greater to know that God invites us to be with him and welcomes us into his kingdom forever.

  • Plan a celebration! Ask your parents or friends for help and invite all sorts of people to attend. Do your best to not leave anyone out. Notice how it excites you to invite people. How excited are people to say yes? How will you make everyone feel welcome when they arrive?
  • As you plan the celebration, thank God for inviting you to celebrate with him, as you accept his invitation.