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

Luke 14:17
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Jesus
Master
Servant
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The Great Banquet

Scene 1

Narrator:

One day Jesus went to eat at the house of a Pharisee. He said to the Pharisee

who was hosting the meal

Jesus:

When you give a dinner, do not invite your friends, your family, or your rich

neighbors for they will invite you back and that will be your only reward, but invite

the poor and those who your community forgets all about. Then God will reward

you for inviting those who could not repay you.

Narrator:

A guest at the table heard what Jesus said.

Pharisee Guest:

What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the kingdom of God.

Narrator: Jesus replied with a story.

(Story music transition)

Scene 2

Jesus:

A certain man was preparing a big dinner celebration. He called his Servant:

Master:

Servant, come quickly.

Servant:

Yes, sir.

Master:

I have prepared a big dinner party. I have invited many guests. My dinner is

ready. Go, and tell all of my guests to come quickly because everything is ready

now.

Servant:

Yes, sir, I will do so.

(Music transition)

Scene 3

(Sounds of knocking on door)

Guest 1:

Yes, what do you want?

Servant:

Sir, my master has sent me to tell you to come now to his dinner celebration

because everything is ready.

Guest 1:

Now? I cannot come right now. I have just bought a field. I have to go and see it.

Please excuse me.

Scene 4

Jesus:

The Servant traveled to another guest's home.

(Music transition)

(Sounds of knocking on door)

Guest 2:

Yes, what do you want?

Servant:

Sir, my master has sent me to tell you to come now to his dinner because

everything is ready.

Guest 2:

What? I cannot come today. I have just bought five pairs of oxen. I'm on my way

to try them out. Please excuse me.

Scene 5

Jesus:

The Servant went on to the next guest.

(Music transition)

(Sounds of knocking on door)

Guest 3:

Yes, what do you want?

Servant:

Sir, my master has sent me to tell you to come now to his dinner celebration

because everything is ready.

Guest 3:

Sorry, not today. I just got married, so I can't come.

(Music transition)

Scene 6

Jesus:

All of the invited guests made excuses why they could not come to the dinner

party.

Servant:

I'm sorry, sir, but all of the guests you invited told me that they cannot come today

to your dinner.

Master:

What? I am so angry. Servant, go quickly into the streets and lanes of the town.

Bring in those who are poor. Invite those who have trouble seeing and walking. I

will not cancel my dinner party.

Servant:

Yes, sir

(Music transition)

(Sounds of knocking on doors)

Servant:

Please come to my master's dinner. He has sent me to invite you to come to his

house.

Guests:

(various voices) Really? Me? Okay, I will come. I'm so excited!

Jesus:

The Servant returned to his master with many guests.

Servant:

Sir, what you have ordered has been done, but there is still room.

Master:

Go out to the roads. Go out to the country lanes. And ask those who the world

ignores. Make the people come in. I want my house to be full. I tell you, not one

of those people who were first invited will get a taste of my dinner.

(Story music transition)

Narrator:

Through Jesus, God’s feast is ready. The invitation is to you and me. When you

accept it, you discover how awesome the Host who invited you is. Come now to

the feast!

If you would like read more of Jesus’ parables, check out the gospel books of

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. You’ll find them in the New Testament part of

your bible.

Bible Source: Holy Bible, New International Reader's Version, A Bible for Kids, 

Zondervan Publishing House, 1999.

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