Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. – Matthew 24:40
Text: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Prop: a grain of wheat and a weed (or pictures)
Summary: The parable of the wheat and tares. God will judge between good and evil ones at the end of the world and remove the evil ones.
Look what I brought with me today. (Show the wheat and weeds.) Which of these is a grain of wheat? We make bread from the wheat grains. It is very useful and good. Is this weed good for anything? (No.) It is bad because it takes up valuable space that could be used to grow something good like wheat. It is constantly competing for the same ground that the wheat needs to grow. In a way, you could say the wheat and the weeds are in a game of tug-of-war.
Jesus told a parable about the wheat and weeds. Remember, a parable is a story about something you already understand that is used to explain something spiritual.
(Read Matthew 13:24-30.)
Jesus explained the parable to his followers. This story is like a play with many characters in it. Jesus is the sower. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the wicked one (Devil). The enemy is the Devil and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. A reaper is one that cuts and removes. Jesus explained that he would not always allow evil to remain in the world. When he returns to earth to set things right he will send his angels to remove everyone that is an evil doer. The angels will cast them into a furnace of fire. Then the good children of the kingdom will remain and live a wonderful life with God. Jesus will separate the evil ones from the good ones. The tug-of-war will be over and only the good children will have a place in God’s world.
Let us pray. Dear Lord Jesus, help me to be like a grain of wheat, something good and useful in your world. Amen.
Alternate introduction: Use a small rope (a jump rope will do) for a brief tug of war between chosen sides. Explain that today’s story is about how the world has a battle between good and evil that will ultimately be settled by Jesus.
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