Mathew 22: 1- 4: The parable of the wedding feast
The story is told of a rich king who arranges a lavish wedding banquet for his son. Servants are sent out to summon all the special guests, but they make numerous excuses, maltreat and kill the servants, and so the king punishes them and invites those on the streets instead.
The once empty banquet hall was now bustling with guests, each provided with their own elegant wedding robes. However, to the utter dismay of the king, one of the guests was not wearing the wedding robe provided and so he ordered for him to be thrown out.
It is evident that wedding planning can be time consuming and involves coming to decisions about key issues such as the guest list, venue, décor, the cake, wedding dress, dress code for guests etc, and this does not go without conflict in some instances.
So, this rich king puts a lot of effort into arranging this party: the food, the fattened cow, entertainment, regal wedding robes for all guests … . The guests are of uttermost importance to the king such that he does not just send out invites, but he sends his servants to personally bring the guests in. It is notable that despite the fact the original guests did not attend the wedding, the king did not cancel the wedding but replaced them with a new set of guests.
“For many are called, but few are chosen! – Mathew 22:14 (KJV)
Why did the king put in all this effort? because he wants the best for his guests, he wants them to feel special, clothed in royalty.
Let us come into the King’s presence to be clothed in His righteousness. Let us willingly take up our reserved places at His table so that we are not replaced with a more willing guest.
For he says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation. 3:20 (KJV)
It is a choice! Open the door, be clothed in His righteousness and dine with Him, or choose, like the odd guest, to come in your own clothes.
Let’s choose wisely to avoid regret, ‘crying and gnashing of teeth’, Let’s choose His righteousness!
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