When Pastor Ewan asked me to preach this Sunday, I was happy to fill-in. Then I began to look through the parables and was reminded of something… they are intense! Jesus’ parables grab our attention, and they do so through graphic imagery and hyperbole. Jesus does not mince words.
Our scripture this week comes on the heels of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He directs three parables at the Pharisees, and they all involve a person of importance (father, landowner, and king) and a son (or sons). The parables center around the Kingdom of God and who will be included. It must have been a shock to the Pharisees—who presumed it would include them—to find themselves on the outside. But, lest we point our fingers at the Pharisees, these parables also have something to say to us, those who were invited from the outside. Jesus’ parables should be as shocking now as they were then!
As we prepare for worship this Sunday, I would encourage you to read through the whole series of parables (Matthew 21:28-22:14). Notice the use of a son in each parable. What is required of the characters in parables? How do they respond? In all of this, there are certain expectations of those in the parables. How might Jesus be using these stories to reveal what is expected of us?
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!