“Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worth. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding. So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless. The the king said to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 8-14)
This parable seems contradictory on the surface, but it makes sense when you look closer at it. The original invited guests were the Jewish people, who rejected Jesus as Messiah and are even today still waiting for Him to come. One day soon though the Jewish people will see Him and their eyes will be opened. Many Jews are already in the kingdom. The guests the servants invited are the Gentile people that the Gospel is now being preached to. The servants are still out in the highways inviting people to the wedding feast of the Lamb. We are the servants. As believers we are to go out and invite people to come to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When they accept the invitation, they are considered “invited” to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb at the last trumpet call.
Who was the guy sitting there without a wedding garment? Didn’t the king want everybody to come? A wedding feast has only INVITED guests. There is only one way to come to a wedding and that is through an invitation. But there are always those who want to crash a wedding party. These are those who think there is more than one way into the kingdom of God. There isn’t. There is only ONE way into God’s kingdom and that is through Jesus Christ. All roads do NOT lead to the kingdom. Notice the servants went out into the highways. The road of life that people are on–trying to figure it all out. The servants help them find the way to Jesus.
The invitation provides the wedding garment–the robe of righteousness is our wedding garment. Without the Blood of Jesus covering that garment, we cannot enter. The Blood is our invitation. This passage has a couple of truths I’d like to put out there:
- The Gospel will be preached to everyone, one way or another. This blog is an invitation to the wedding feast. Anyone who comes here and reads any of the posts here has been presented with the Gospel. What they do with that information is entirely up to them. They have been given the opportunity to come to the wedding.
- This is a parable spoken by Jesus Himself, showing how the wedding is structured. Expecting to come without the robe of righteousness on, which is a right relationship with God, is folly. When the last trumpet sounds, the invited guests who are dressed and ready to enter the wedding feast will hear the trumpet. Those who are not, won’t hear it and won’t go.
- On that day, many people who were invited but did not put on their wedding garment or took it off to play in the world for a while, will be shocked when they realize they missed it and the outer darkness is the Great Tribulation period where the wrath of God is poured out. However, all is not lost, these people can be lights even in this evil time! They will give their lives for Jesus if they choose to get serious about Him, and they will eventually enter back into the kingdom.
The wedding day is fast approaching and this is a formal invitation to come to Jesus today. You are cordially invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. If you are being drawn to Him today, that is the Holy Spirit calling you to make the decision for Jesus. Don’t delay, make today the best day of your life by asking Jesus to save you. Go to the following links to read the Gospel and to received Jesus into your heart:
Welcome to the kingdom of God! Please send a prayer request through this blog and I will be happy to pray for you!