Opening Question: What are the most common areas that people make excuses for?
Question: What’s an excuse you’ve made before?
– Jesus is talking about people being invited to His Kingdom.
– He compares being a part of His Kingdom as being a part of a great banquet.
Question: What’s the nicest banquet you’ve ever been at?
Question: What was so memorable/nice about it?
Question: Why do you think Jesus compares His Kingdom to a great banquet?
– Sadly, the people Jesus invited started making excuses.
– The Bible records three separate excuses that were given.
[v. 18] – “I’ve just bought a field, and I must go and see it.”
[v. 19] – “I have just bought five yoke of oxen (10 oxen), and I’m on my way to try them out.”
[v. 20] – “I just got married, so I can’t come.”
Question: What do these excuses all have in common? (New things, temporary satisfaction, they all could have come any way, they were all bad, etc…)
Question: What are some excuses people make when it comes to following God?
Question: What do all these excuses have in common?
[v. 23] – “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.”
– Jesus was desperate to get people to come into His Kingdom.
– Interestingly, it was only the desperate who were willing to come in to His kingdom. (v. 21)
Question: Why do you think people are not more desperate to be a part of God’s Kingdom – the great banquet?
Challenge: Don’t make excuses when it comes to your relationship with God. God’s Kingdom is awesome, and worth being desperate to get it. We must choose to study the Bible to find out how to get in it!