The Parable of the Wedding Feast--Matthew 22:1-14

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast!
By Pastor Tony on April 1, 2020; 1:49 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

You know as we enter into the days before Palm Sunday I can’t help but think of the many things that happened between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  The teachings that Jesus engaged in was life changing for many.  Some changed for the good and some became bitter and hardened by the conviction that came with Jesus’ words.  I don’t think much has changed today.  The teachings of Jesus still finds their way to the hearts of men, women, boys and girls.  The results, well, they are somewhat the same.  People either accept the teaching of Jesus or they reject them.  Either way, people make their choice. 
It’s interesting to note that although these words are some two thousand plus years old they still affect people the same as if Jesus were saying them for the first time today.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
V. 9—“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.”

Observation:
As we look at this parable one might note that the king is the one who arranged this marriage for His son.  After multiple attempts to invite friends and neighbors to come, he found that each time his invitation was met with some kind of excuse.  It seems nothing has changed in all these years.  The King is still sending out invitations and for some reason or another His invitations are still being met with excuses.  The anger of the King burned against those who gave such excuses and in his wrath he destroyed them.  Anyway, the King ultimately opens his invitation to those his servants could find and invites them to the wedding.
Something strange I see take place in v.v. 11-14.  The sees a man without a wedding garment and has him bound and thrown into outer darkness…
Application:
When a person hears the invitation of Jesus Christ to come, one should respond by submitting to the call of God on his life.  To refuse is inviting the wrath of God.  Many however, will do just that.  They will reject the King’s invitation and hope for the best, thinking that somehow their self-efforts will be enough to secure them a place in heaven.  Yet to be accepted in the wedding, the King has to see that you are wearing the wedding garment.  In our case, the application is that because of our faith in Christ, we have been covered by the blood of Jesus.  The blood serves as a wedding garment.   Those who aren’t covered by the blood will be bound and thrown into outer darkness in hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for eternity.  Think about it! FOREVER!
Prayer:
Father may we all be found wearing the wedding garment supplied by the blood of Jesus.  Praise, honor and all glory be given to you in Jesus holy name, Amen!