People like to go to weddings, right? Maybe? I don’t know. The only wedding I can remember attending was one that I went to with my aunt and cousins; I didn’t even know the people getting married. I just wanted to go to a wedding.
Back in Bible times, weddings were big deals! They were celebrated for days, with lots of food and merry making. When you were invited to a wedding, you got a lot of free food! In the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22, people were not rushing to the feast. Maybe they did not like the couple getting married. Or maybe they had already planned to go on their fishing boat trip to the Mediterranean. I’m not sure, I wasn’t there.
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Some people ignored the invitation; others killed the king’s servants. The king had invited them to a wedding feast, and they were “too busy.” This is a perfect illustration of what Christ did for us and how we responded.
God, the King of Kings, invited us for a wedding feast, in celebration of Christ’s victory over death! The Jews were the first to be invited. Many declined or ignored the invitation and some even killed the messengers, the ones who proclaimed Christ. Those first invited declined. That brought the gospel to the Gentiles, to those in the streets.
Now both Jews and Gentiles who had heard the message of Christ and His Word came to the wedding feast; they were the ones who did not ignore the invitation. Everyone who has heard the message has been invited to the wedding feast in the king’s palace.
But there was that one guy. He didn’t have a wedding garment. He was out of place. He had been invited to the feast, but hadn’t dressed accordingly.
See, our wedding garment comes from being washed in the blood of Christ. Not literally, but spiritually.
“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
When we accept Christ, He washes our sin away. He forgives us and clothes us in righteousness. We have all been called to the wedding feast, to the kingdom of God.
Without our wedding garment, we cannot enter into the feast.
Without salvation from Christ, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.