22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
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Observation: The King makes a single invitation to single event – it’s very simple – He says come to my party!
But the people have many responses. The King says come, we say no! (verse 3) The King says come, we say we’re too busy. (verse 5) Some mistreat the Kings servants and so the King destroys them (verse 6-7)
The King sends invitations to the good and the bad – everyone – to come and ensures he gathers a crowd for this feast. During the feast the king ejects a reveler who has not made the necessary preparations to come – he is not wearing the correct clothing!
Action: Our Father, the King, is determined to invite everyone into the great celebration at the end of the age. The crowd is gathered simply on the basis of His kindness not on the worthiness of our qualifications to attend.
Our Father God wants all of us present at the celebration of the kingdom but requires that we receive the gift of a new life (party clothes) to attend. This new life is as much a gift as is the invitation to come to the party. We have all kinds of ‘prior commitments ‘ that get in the way of us living as if we are preparing to go to the greatest party in history which is the wedding feast of the Son of The King.
We need to live our lives with the anticipation of the end of the world and the beginning of a new future for which we are preparing every day!