#6: The Invited Guests

The Greatest Stories Ever Told #6: The Invited Guests

During the brief time he walked this earth, Jesus changed the entire world through the power of stories. People would come to him in all degrees of panic, fear, and anger. But, instead of confronting them head-on and driving them deeper into their defensiveness, Jesus defused their anxiety by saying, ‘Let me tell you a story. . . .’ Then, drawn in by the narrative and with their defenses down, the listeners would see the story as a mirror, and its light would make their personal darkness visible. In this way, his parables became moments of revelation.” And thousands of years later, those very same stories continue to speak to us, providing opportunities for illumination and transformation in our own lives as well.

This Sunday we will immerse ourselves in the story by participating in a banquet in the sanctuary.  The parable Luke 14:15-24  takes place at dinner party with the religious "in crowd” and Jesus tells them a story challenges them to expand their view of who is invited and included in the Kingdom of God.