God’s Amazing Invitation and the Senseless Response

Matthew 22: And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Jesus taught this parable.  The Scribes and Pharisees had long been enemies of Jesus and he wanted them to know what the kingdom of God was all about.  Today is it unreal at the blasphemies of people.  Jesus is the brunt of jokes as well as the Bible and Christians in general.  Back then they wanted to kill Jesus but because of the fear of the people they held back.  Really it was God holding things back; it was not yet time for Jesus’ death.

What an invitation here!  Jesus said this is the way the kingdom of heaven is.  This king knew the people didn’t like him and were against him.  Instead of kicking them out, he decided to invite them to the banquet.  All the people had to do was accept the invitation and put on the wedding garment.  No matter who they were, they could become guests of the king.  Every day the Lord sends out the invitation to all.  There’s room at the table for everyone.  Instead of destruction, he shows us grace.  All we have to do is change garments.

The people had to accept the provision of the king.  He made a great feast and killed the animals so there was plenty of food. I’m glad for the blessings of God.  None of it would have been done but for the sacrifice.  John 3:16 tells us that Jesus was the sacrifice for us.  He is the bread of life and if we drink of his water we’ll never thirst again.  This king gave his best animals and prepared them. He sent the invitation to all in his kingdom.  It was simple.  All they had to do to sit at the table and eat was accept the invitation and put on the wedding garment.

I didn’t come up with the plan of salvation.  That’s what is wrong with religion.  It is nothing more than manmade ways to God.  There is one way to heaven and God set the rules.  The king wanted all to come but in order to attend they had to be dressed in the right garment.  Jesus is our Passover and has been sacrificed.  The only begotten Son was given and through his death, burial and resurrection a garment of salvation was made.  We’re required to shed the garment of sin and receive the garment provided by the blood of Jesus Christ.  It’s not because of what we’ve done or how good we have been; it’s because of what Jesus has done.  If we’re willing to turn from sin and receive the garment of salvation we’ll be accepted to the banquet—heaven.

When people came to the feast the servants gave them a garment to put on so they could be a guest in the palace.  The important thing is to get to the table and stay there.  To do so, the garment must be put on.  If anyone doesn’t have it, it is no one’s fault but his or her own.  When you have it, don’t go outside the palace.  Stay in the garment.

What was the response of the people?  The greatest thing ever offered was made available to them.  It has been offered to us.  The devil tells us it can’t be done. It’s too hard to live for the Lord.  The hard part has been done by the Son of God when he died on the cross.  The king’s subjects weren’t required to die. He sacrificed the best of animals so they could sit at the table and eat.  It’s not easy to stay in sin; the way out is made.  The Bible says the way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the Lord.  Many want a Christianity that’s like a pizza delivery.  True religion was never meant to be at our convenience.  God has come as far as he’s going to.  This is why so many fall away from God.  That’s why only a handful of people attend night services and revivals in most churches.  Our own garments need to be set aside.  Those invited to the banquet made light of it. They had jobs to do, routines to do, farms to tend.  What people need to do is abandon everything for God.  Has there ever been a better invitation than God’s?  A person will ever sit at the table if they go their own way.  The servants went out in good will to invite people.  They were ridiculed and killed.  God is preheating the earth to melt the elements with fervent heat.

Whatever the world is doing, don’t throw in the towel with them.  It’s time to make sure the old garments are off and the new one is on. It’s about time to take the step through the door.  Nothing going on in this world has to stop you.  Many spit on the invitation but you don’t have to.   You have to get in the garment because without it you can’t get in the palace and sit at the table.

One man thought he’d slip in.  He probably cleaned himself up really well.  You can’t fake your way in.  Other people seemingly accepted him.  No one said anything until the king came in.  The Lord is coming in an hour we think not.  I want everyone to be ready.  The devil slips in.  He tries to put other garments on people.  The garment of salvation is not a meditation garment.  Before this man could sit down, the king asked for him to be brought over.  He probably had his excuses ready.  People are ready to debate it, ready to take God on.  The guests weren’t the ones to deal with this man; the king did.  God is going to take care of all those who ignore the invitation or try to get in other ways.   The king didn’t call the man a hypocrite; he called him friend.  He said Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?  The Bible said the man was speechless.  What could he say?

The king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.  All the people were invited.  Jesus died for everybody.  If a person goes to hell, the fault is entirely his own.  You don’t have to die on a cross to be saved.  Jesus did that for you.  The only ones who will make it through are those who take the invitation and choose to respond by putting on the garment.  They must do it the king’s way.  Many are called.  Few will choose to accept it and be chosen.

We’re standing at the door of the second coming of Jesus Christ.  It will soon be too late.  Are you in or out?  You need to have the wedding garment on.  Make sure you’re one of the chosen.

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