The Wedding Feast

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:1-14

Wow, this parable is intense, especially right there at the end. Let’s see, the Wedding Banquet represents Heaven. God send messengers (John the Baptist and Jesus) to tell His chosen people that Heaven was ready. But the chosen people didn’t listen. So not only were they no longer invited to the feast, but they were punished.

Then, since the Jews didn’t come, God invited every one else to the feast, which represents the Gentiles and the sinners. Keep in mind how hard that would be for the Pharisees to hear, that the Gentiles would inherit their promised Kingdom instead of them! They had been waiting for thousands of years! But they ignored the Messiah.

Now the last part is where it gets really interesting. The guest not wearing a wedding robe represents a person who calls himself a follower of Jesus, but their lifestyle or heart does not change. These are the people in our society who call themselves Christians, but haven’t been to church or opened their Bible in years. The “churches” that proclaim “God hates fags.” Or say that God hates anyone, for that matter. Sometimes these people sit next to us in the pews each week thinking they are a Christian, but having never had that change of heart. And see, God will treat these people as if they are not a Christian at all! That’s why I feel that we must each regularly search our own hearts and make sure they are in the right place. As often as possible.

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