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The Parable of the Great Feast

Luke 14:15-24; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 219-237


The Message

Jesus invites us to be with Him in heaven.

Memory Verse

“Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God” (Luke 14:15).

Jesus told a story once about someone who had prepared a great feast. When the feast was ready, he sent to call the guests. Read on to find out what happened and what it could mean for us.


Once Jesus and His disciples were having a meal at someone’s house, and Jesus told this story.

“A man gave a big banquet and invited many people,” Jesus began. “When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come! Everything is ready!’

“But all the guests said they could not come. Each man made an excuse. The first one said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go look at it. Please excuse me.’

“Another man said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen; I must go try them. Please excuse me.’ “A third man said, ‘I just got married; I can’t come.’ “So the servant returned. He told his master what had happened.

“Then the master became angry and said, ‘Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town. Bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Later the servant said to him, ‘Master, I did what you told me to do, but we still have places for more people.’

“The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes. Tell the people there to come. I want my house to be full! None of those men that I invited first will ever eat with me!’ ”

Jesus was talking about Himself in this parable. He is like the man who planned the party and invited many people. Jesus has invited everyone to accept His salvation, which leads to eternal life. And He’s giving you an invitation! Many people in the story had excuses for not coming to the party. They let other things become more important than being with their friend. They weren’t really true friends at all. Because they were too busy with things, they turned down the invitation and missed the great feast!

In this parable the invitation to the banquet is Jesus’ invitation for us to accept His salvation. Accepting salvation means that we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and choose to do the things He wants us to do. We have a choice. We can decide to accept His invitation or to let other things become more important in our lives. How about you? Right now, will you say yes to the invitation Jesus has given you? Do you want to be with Him in heaven and experience the joy of being in His presence forever?