Come To The Wedding Feast!
“For many are called” —Matthew 22:14
Read Matthew 22:1-14
In this parable, the Lord Jesus uses a wedding to reveal the Kingdom of God. We read that a king sent out his servants to invite some favoured guests to a wedding feast. But the guests did not come. The king was persistent and sent out the invitation the second time to come immediately to the meal, which was ready. Again they ignored the call because they couldn’t see past the daily labours in front of them. The one went back into his field and another continued on with his business. They had no time and no desire to attend the feast.
Do you who are baptized react in the same way sometimes? We are inclined to make up all kinds of excuses to stay away from activities centered on the Word. We are too busy with work or studies. A family birthday party takes precedence. Church services end so late at night and we are tired. Bible studies are for old people
The king’s servants receive new instructions. They must invite anyone they meet on the road, good or bad, to attend the king’s feast. In Luke’s Gospel we read that the servants were required to compel them to come in. The king used all kinds of persuasive arguments to gather people to his house until it was full.
However, when the king enters the banquet hall he sees a man without a wedding garment. This man insults the king because he thought that his clothes were good enough and had refused the garment offered to him. The king addresses him using the term “friend,” in spite of his disrespect. But when the king questions him he remains silent, for he is without excuse. And then he was thrown out.
How do we act like the man who wore his own clothes to the feast?
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