The Kingdom of heaven is compared to a King, who gave a wedding feast for his son, and he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. – Matthew 22:1-14 (2-3)
In the culture in which Jesus lived, two invitations were expected when wedding dinners were given. The first invitation asked the guests to attend; the second announced that all was ready. When God sent His son to earth, He invited everyone to a wedding feast. Those who accept the invitation became part of the Church and the bride of Christ; but there were many more that refused the invitation and offered feeble excuses. The son is the bridegroom for whom the wedding feast is prepared.
Has that ever happened to you? Maybe you have never experienced a total rejection; but perhaps 60-80% of your invited guests did not show. How disappointing and crushing to have people cancel at the last minute, without even a decent excuse. Youve put in long hours in preparation, and you have bought enough food for the entire guests list. Who are these ungrateful people?
There will be an appointed day in the future (in the fullness of time) when the bridegroom will call the bride to the wedding feast. Those in attendance will receive wedding clothes. Jesus, the heavenly Bridegroom will clothe them in His righteousness. Those not wearing these garments will be cast out because they refused Christs invitation, and in so doing rejected His salvation. God wants us to join Him at His banquet, which will last for eternity. This is the reason He sends us invitation after invitation. Have you accepted His invitation?
Prayer: Jesus, my Heavenly Bridegroom, youve invited me to dine with you. I graciously accept your invitation, and my wedding clothes are ready so that I may be in attendance at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. Amen
– Rev. Barbara McFarlane