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You're Invited to the Wedding Feast! Will You Come?
In Jewish culture, it used to be customary to send out two invitations when banquets were being given. The first invitation was a question, asking guests to attend the banquet, and the second invitation was more of a proclamation, letting everyone know that things were prepared. The Bible says that God is going to throw a great wedding feast one day, and that He asks us time and time again to attend this feast, but will we be there?
Jesus often spoke to the people in parables, so that those who were seeking God with their hearts would find Him, and so that those who were just interested in hearing some nice stories would also get what they were looking for. One of the parables that Jesus told was about this wedding banquet that God was preparing:
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
"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.'
"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and 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 wedding clothes. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
"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.'
"For many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:1-14)
The wedding party was all prepared, but no one was found who deserved to come. All of those who were invited had their own personal business to attend to that was more important. Some even killed the servants who were sent out to invite them to the party. A party unlike any that has ever been had in history, and the people were rejecting the offer.
In the parable, the king is God, the son is Jesus, and the servants are the prophets and servants of the Lord who have been martyred for their faith throughout history. In the form of a parable, Jesus tells the people how God has invited everyone to come to His wedding feast, yet through their own choice, they have refused to accept His invitation and have committed crimes against His people at the same time.
What does God do?
Since those invited chose to reject His offer, He sends out more servants to inform anyone that they are invited to attend the feast. It didn't matter who they were, what they had done, or where they came from. Everyone was given the option of attending this great feast.
When the time had come for the great wedding feast, something was not quite right. There was someone there who was not wearing his wedding clothes. How did he come to be there at the wedding feast without wedding clothes? It is suggested, that even though this person would have been invited, he never really accepted that invitation. He thought he had a relationship with God, or may have even looked like he had that relationship at times, but when the time came to see the One who intercedes on our behalf, Jesus Christ, all he heard was, "Man, I never knew you".
Many people claim to know God, and to have a relationship with Him, and even claim to do great works in His name, but only God really knows which children are seeking Him with their whole hearts. Those who are just pretending, and claim that they love Him, but do not, will hear something that will hurt for all eternity, "Man, I never knew you".
There are always new choices for us to make in our daily lives, and Jesus taught us how to live so that we might make good choices. He showed us what it really means to love, and He also let us know that we are invited to this future wedding feast. The only thing that we need to do is choose whether or not we will go to this great wedding feast, but we need to choose before the day comes and the feast begins. Through Christ, we are all invited to attend, and to celebrate with Him for all eterntiy. The wedding feast is the marriage supper of the Lamb, when Christ will be united with His church for all eternity.
Will you be there?
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:15-23)
Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited
to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true
words of God." (Revelation 19:9)