Jesus also told [the leading priests and Pharisees] other parables. He said, "The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!
"So he sent other servants to tell them, 'The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!'"
— Matthew 22:1-4 NLT
I love stories. It doesn't matter if they are parables or just anecdotes. When stories cut across our experience, when they are built out of the fabric of our lives, then they capture us and work themselves down into our hearts.
Jesus loved stories about weddings. Weddings were such joyful and passionate times in his culture. For him, weddings offered all sorts of opportunities for teaching. So many people had been to weddings and been a part of them in his time. The emotions ran deep. The involved families and friends added color, tension, excitement, love, confusion, joy, and risk.
Jesus once again used a story to make his point — a point we can't miss. But today, remember that Jesus used stories. We're so prone to spout a proverbial saying, a slogan we've heard from sports, or even a rule we've picked up from our religious environment. But today, let's be reminded of the power of stories and learn to tell more of them — especially stories that carry a Kingdom message.
Please, dear Father, in the life of my family, with my children, and around my friends, help me to use stories that help them catch a glimmer of your glory and the power of your Kingdom. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.