Read Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus again used parables in talking to the people. 2“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. 3He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come. 4So he sent other servants with this message for the guests: ‘My feast is ready now; my bullocks and prize calves have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!’ 5But the invited guests paid no attention and went about their business: one went to his farm, another to his shop, 6while others grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. 7The king was very angry; so he sent his soldiers, who killed those murderers and burnt down their city. 8Then he called his servants and said to them, ‘My wedding feast is ready, but the people I invited did not deserve it. 9Now go to the main streets and invite to the feast as many people as you find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, good and bad alike; and the wedding hall was filled with people.
11 “The king went in to look at the guests and saw a man who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ the king asked him. But the man said nothing. 13Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him outside in the dark. There he will cry and grind his teeth.’ ”
14 And Jesus concluded, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
This parable uses the metaphor of invitation to a party for the invitation that God sends to us to participate in the Kingdom. The previous parable told of slaves coming to collect the rent. I like to think of the Kingdom as a celebration; not an obligation.
But something strange happens in this parable - one of the guests has taken his invitation for granted and not bothered to dress for the wedding!
Lord, you have invited us to take part in your Kingdom but we often take that invitation for granted. Give us a renewed passion and love for your Kingdom.
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