Jesus told the parable of the wedding banquet. A king prepared a lovely and amazing wedding for His son. He invited all his chosen friends–but , they ignored the invite’ and some even abused the messengers. So the King had his servant open the invitation and invite all. Many came and were welcomed; but, then there was one who entered without being properly prepared–he was summarily tossed out.
The principles in the story are quite clear–God sent Jesus to the earth to restore the relationship between God and His people. His people, for the most part, ignored God’s great gift, and even persecuted the prophets and leaders that tried to announce the coming of the Messiah. God’s response was to open up salvation to the world, through Christ. Many have since believed, and were reunited with the Lord. Still, some tried to be a part without being properly saved. They expected their own actions and religion would be enough to restore the relationship–God clearly and emphatically says NO! One can only have a relationship with God on His terms–not by ones own religious practices.
In our lives, we have been enthusiastically invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb. He loves us, and asks that we confess with our mouths that he is LORD, and believe with our hearts that God has raised Jesus from the dead–then we will be saved. (Romans 10:9-10) We are not to come to God wearing our religious practices and beliefs as a robe to cover our sin; but, we are only come to Him and accept the lovely gift the LORD has provided Christ, as our savior.
God Bless You
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.