Have you responded to God’s invitation today?
Pastor Marvin November 28, 2021
In Matthew 22:1-14, our Lord Jesus talked about the parable of the Wedding Feast. Pastor Marvin explains this in five main points.
- There is a celebration at the end. The feast is about the reunion between the Bridegroom, who is Jesus, and the bride, the church. We hope for King Jesus’ return so that we may reunite with Him as the church, as prophesied in Revelations 19:7-9. So let us not be troubled, but believe in Him, for He has prepared a place for us (John 14:1-4).
- Invitations were sent. At first, the king sent invitations to those he knew, but they ignored him. The king determined they were not worthy so he invited everyone else. The Israelites, whom God knew, rejected Him and even persecuted Him. Therefore, God invited in the Gentiles, those who were not His own, into His Kingdom by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:11-13). We are the Gentiles. God gave us the invitation through Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus also foretold this in Matthew 8:11, saying that many but not the sons of kingdom will come to him.
- Many are called, but few are chosen. Many are invited into the banquet, both the good and the evil. But God knows who has truly come prepared and who has not. The ones who wears the holy robe of righteousness of Christ will be accepted in His Kingdom, while those who still wears the nakedness of sin and ignores the commandments of God will be thrown outside. The place outside the King’s palace where there is gnashing of teeth is known as hell. This is where the presence of God is absent. This is eternal suffering. Let us fear the One who can cast us out into eternal fire.
- Pay attention to God’s daily call. Let us examine ourselves justly and evaluate how God sees us. Have you surrendered yourself to God today? Have you confessed and repented from your ways? Have you accepted God’s invitation today? God invites us every day, so let us not be distracted and ignore Him like the former invitees did. Let us set apart our lives for God, holy and acceptable sacrifice to Him through Jesus Christ.
- Finally, be good and obedient servants. This parable reminds us to be good and obedient servants to God. He calls us to bring people closer to Him, into a loving relationship with God. Let us stay obedient and bold even when there is persecution. Let us pass on the Good News and hand over God’s invitation to other people so they may also rejoice with us in the waiting and in the celebration of our reunion with the Lord Jesus Christ.