Then, He went to Bethany and began teaching in the temple. After the chief priests and Pharisees realized He was speaking to them and about them in His parables, Jesus began teaching The Parable of the Wedding Feast:
Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. The king sent his servants to bid those already invited to come to the wedding for all things were ready. So come to the wedding!
After the servants called them, no one was willing to come. The invited ones made light of the invitation, making excuses and having no regard for it.
So now, the king’s table sat in readiness. The meat was roasted. The spices were prepared. The bread sat piping hot. The jugs of wine overflowed. As the offering of the gospel, the whole banquet of life sat waiting for them, but those first invited refused.
After hearing that they killed his servants and refused the invitation, the king was furious and sent his armies to destroy the murderers and burn their city. Jesus said, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.” (Matt. 22:8 NKJV)
They had disqualified themselves from the king’s benefits. So, the king sent more servants to go to the street corners and invite anyone they could find.
And with that, the wedding hall began to fill up.
When the king went to greet his guests, he spotted a man without a wedding garment.
The custom of many countries in that day was to wear long, white robes at public festivals, weddings, and other occasions. Those having wealth, and especially royalty, made every provision for those invited to a wedding, which included the free gift of wedding garments.
Refusing to accept or wear one of these garments was not only the highest insult and disrespect, but, in some countries, it was also worthy of punishment.
The King purchased, provided, and honored us with our wedding garment, offered as a free gift through the great price of Jesus’ blood. We cannot enter the wedding feast without it.
And this robeless character did not wear the garment provided for him. He presumptuously entered in his own way, without honor for the king.
Those who think they are part of heaven’s wedding feast, yet try to enter by their own righteousness and works, will not see the glory of heaven. Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:20 NIV)
At the close of the parable, Jesus stated, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14 NKJV) Or by definition, many are invited but few RSVP and allowed to enter.
Invitations are still sent out on a daily basis, and the replies? Some acceptances, some excuses, some rejections.
Whenever anyone hears the message of the gospel, it is a precious wooing, a gracious invitation from God for His covenant of salvation and all the provisions of the kingdom, which has been prepared for all those who accept.
How you respond to God’s wooing determines the final destination of your eternal home. Be sure of your decision, for you are only one heartbeat away from the eternal resting place of your choice.
Peter pleads with you, “So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, His choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10-11 Msg)
Gently, Jesus invites you, “Come and follow Me.” (Matt. 19:21b KJV)
Moment by moment, He woos, “Come!”
Have you RSVP-ed the King’s invitation?
Kingdom blessings to you…Lynn