DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-03-20
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 22:1-3;9-13
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Jesus also told them other parables. He said, 2 “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. 3 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!
9 Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10 So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
APPLICATION: When we are turned away from a banquet or a feast, we often wonder why? Or perhaps, if we were not good enough! Or if the bride or bridegroom may be upset with us. The Jews struggled to accept the lordship of Jesus Christ, so in this analogy I believe they said: “We’re too busy.” Or perhaps, “We’re not interested”. So the Father (God) said to the Holy Spirit, “Go to the highways and byways. Go to the Gentiles and tell them to come. The banquet is ready. The doors are open. Whosoever will, let him come”. See Revelation 22:17, where a similar invitation was given. The invitation was expanded for the Good and bad to come. Friends, that’s the church. That’s us. But wait a minute, Jesus said that there were some who were not ready, so how can that be the church? I’m glad you asked, because Jesus is telling us that in the church, there will be those traveling in our midst and sitting at the table who are not dressed properly. This might be quite the eyeopener for some readers or listeners, for you may have thought that if you attended church on a somewhat regular basis, then your passage into Heaven is assured. Unfortunately Jesus knew that all too well, but as we are reminded of this today, we should reexamine ourselves and determine in our hearts how Jesus will identify us, should he stand at the door as we try to enter heaven’s portal. But in all honesty, we should know from the Scriptures that not everyone who says “Lord, Lord”, is a child of the King. Many who walk through church doors try to show the pastor and church leaders that they belong to Jesus Christ, through their pretense in actions, words and giving. But to my readers and listeners, please know that unless they had a one-on-one conversation with the Master, and been accepted by the one true God, then simply a ‘pretender’, but not a ‘Christian’, or ‘Child of God’. Why do you suppose Jesus referred to the dress code of the man in His parable? What does this mean? This was quite intentional, for in Isaiah 61:10 the prophet foretold: I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.
Who then is dressed appropriately? Who is really saved? The one who says, “I need a Savior. I don’t have the answer. I’m not righteous. Lord, I need You to robe me with Your robe of righteousness.”
Friends, signs are more obvious today that this generation has ever witnessed. With the touch of a button, a greater portion of our world can be blown away. Will you be allowed into the wedding feast – the Kingdom of Heaven? Please open your heart, mind and soul to Jesus. He is waiting to welcome you into His kingdom, if only you will as Him to take control of your life.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Praise God, there’s a place prepared for me where I can spend eternity with my Father in Heaven and His precious Son! The invitation has been accepted and I have no doubt that He has the banquet prepared and waiting for the arrival of myself, and all those who have accepted Jesus as our Savior! What a glorious day that will be!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for presenting the invitation to Your glorious home in such a simple and appropriate way. We hear spinoffs of this almost every time we enter the church doors, yet many walk away still holding the reins to their life. But Lord, I pray that today this reminder will open their eyes to the need for a Savior. Without you, it is obvious to see how the world is totally out of control and convinced that their ‘red button’ is the key to ending life here on earth. You assured us through this parable that the invitation has been given. Please humble the hearts of every reader, hearer and especially every unbeliever. Impress upon them how You made sacrificial arrangements so that they might enjoy the ‘wedding feast’ – heaven. May they decide today to accept Your invitation, before it is eternally too late. AMEN!
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