Scripture

Matthew 22:11-14 (NIV)

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.”

Observation

In Matthew 22:1-10 Jesus is telling another parable.

1 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.

In this parable, one can break down the characters and events as such:

King – God.

King’s son – Jesus.

Servants – the prophets, people of the Old Testament, Believers.

Those who had been invited the first time – The Jewish people.

Wedding banquet – Salvation in Heaven.

The burned city – Jerusalem and the nation of Israel when it was taken into captivity and again in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed it.

Those who are invited the second time – Gentiles.

The wedding bride – The Church.

The guests – Gentiles who accepted the invitation.

Salvation was first offered to the Jewish people who, time and again, killed the prophets sent by God. After killing the prophets and turning to follow other gods, and eventually crucifying Christ. Salvation was then offered to the gentiles. The guests we see here are all of those gentiles who were invited and accepted the message of the Gospel. However, as we can see, there’s a guest who isn’t wearing the proper attire for the wedding banquet.

Who is this guest? How did he get in? Why isn’t he wearing wedding clothes?

Since we’ve determined that the guests in this parable are all of those who have been offered the salvation offered through the shed blood of Jesus, we know that this guest is one of those people.

This guest was “invited” to partake in the salvation of the Lord through His death and resurrection. A gift offered to everyone who accepts it.

It wasn’t uncommon for someone very rich, and well off, such as a king, to have clothing that was provided to wear at an event such as a wedding banquet. Sort of like a black-tie event, costume party, etc. However, in this case, the clothing is already available for the guests to wear.

We don’t know why this guest isn’t wearing wedding clothes that were provided for him, and the guest doesn’t seem to know either. We do know that it is an insult to the host of the party since the clothes were provided for him, so he’s thrown out.

I think the wedding clothes here represent being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. What does that mean?

It is not enough to believe that Jesus is God. Even the demons believe this and shudder (James 2:19). There is only one way to God. That is through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) We are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus when we give our lives to Him, by faith. Once we’ve given our lives to Jesus then God wants us to live a holy life which we cannot do without Jesus. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). This doesn’t mean that we give up when we sin. When we sin, we need to repent, know that God has forgiven us, and move on, in faith. Once we have given our life to Christ, through faith, God wants us to do two things:

1. Love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37).

2. Love other people (Mark 12:31).

How can I not get kicked out of the party?

If you’ve given your life to Christ and have been baptized, you are saved by faith. If you haven’t yet given your life to Christ then you can pray this prayer.

Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from the dead, I shall be saved.

Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan and close the door to any of his devices.

I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away; now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Application

The best way that I can see to apply what I’ve read and learned today is:

1. Read my Bible.

2. Pray.

3. Fellowship with other people.

4. Listen and trust God.

Prayer

Father, I praise and magnify you! I thank you for who are. Thank you for speaking to me today and giving me illumination in your word. I pray, Father, in the name of Jesus, that I would be attentive to what you say to me. I pray that I would be discerning and know your voice in the chaos of life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.