In “The Parable of the Wedding Banquet” in Matthew, a man isn’t wearing wedding clothes.  

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. “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.’

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:11-14 (NIV)

Who is this man, and what does he represent?

Before I answer that question, I want us to consider why the man stood out. Verse 11 tells us the man wasn’t wearing wedding clothes, and that’s why he stood out. Unlike today, where everyone buys their own garments and picks what they wear before going to a wedding, it was customary in Biblical times for the host to provide clothes to the guests. In this way, everyone wore the same garment that didn’t reveal rank or station. Thus, it wasn’t like the man not wearing wedding clothes didn’t have anything to wear. Instead, the man chose not to wear the clothes given to him. 

When Jesus died on the cross, he died for all sins, and anyone who believes in him will have eternal life and not die. However, within Jesus’ death and resurrection, there is a stipulation. You must believe the Gospel message. In the book of Revelation, we are given this insight into the clothing worn by the bride at the wedding feast.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) (emphasis added)

Revelation 19:7-8 (NIV)

Like the guests at the wedding feast, the bride was given clothing to wear. This clothing stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people. Often, in Scripture, we read about being clothed in righteousness, the armor of God, etc. None of this clothing is ours to purchase. Indeed, the “right” to wear such garments was purchased for us by Jesus on the cross, and when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are clothed in his righteousness. 

When we consider the metaphor of clothing in our salvation and the man not wearing wedding clothes at the wedding feast, we can say that the man represents those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. While the other guests were clothed in the righteousness of Christ, the man without wedding clothes was not, so he was sent to hell. Hence, the statement in verse 14 that “many will be invited, but few are chosen.”

Salvation is available to everyone, but not everyone will choose salvation. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.