Today we are continuing with the Parables of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. The Parable of the Wedding feast is found in Matthew 22: 1-14.
This is a parable that is not commonly found in children's story Bibles. The link above is to the NRSV version of the Bible. Read this version of the story with children or from any version you may have at home. The Message translation of the scripture is a good, readable one. Also linked below are some fun video interpretations that you can watch together.
(Remember it's okay to not have answers! Exploring the story together is the most important part.) For some story context, remember that this story comes after Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem with his disciples (Palm Sunday), and this passage is one of a series of conversations Jesus has with the Pharisees who have been questioning Jesus' authority.
Who is Jesus telling this story to?
What was your favorite part of the story?
What did you think of the King (who was holding the party)?
What didn’t the people invited want to intend?
How would you feel if you were one of the people attending the party?
What do you think about the man who was sent away because of how he was dressed?
The end of the story might seem unfair and confusing to us. Do you think Jesus is teaching that we have to be “chosen” for God’s kingdom?
Why do you think Jesus was telling this story?
What does this story teach us today?
Jesus says that God wants everyone to be in His kingdom, and offers love to all people. What do we have to do to be a part of it?
How can we invite people to be a part of God’s Kingdom?