Parables are not just clever stories to catch someone’s attention. They are packed with most important truth. So it is with today’s parable. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 22:1-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
22 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
“Let us observe, in the first place, that the salvation of the Gospel is compared to a marriage feast….
“Let us observe, in the second place, that the invitations of the Gospel are wide, full, broad, and unlimited…. No one will ever be able to say at last that it was God’s fault, if he is not saved. The Father is ready to love and receive. The Son is ready to pardon and cleanse guilt away. The Spirit is ready to sanctify and renew. Angels are ready to rejoice over the returning sinner. Grace is ready to assist him. The Bible is ready to instruct him. Heaven is ready to be his everlasting home. One thing only is needful, and that is, the sinner must be ready and willing himself…. Though few enter the strait gate, all are invited to come in.
“Let us observe, in the third place, that the salvation of the Gospel is rejected by many to whom it is offered…. Open sin may kill its thousands; but indifference and neglect of the Gospel kill their tens of thousands….
“Let us observe, in the last place, that all false professors of religion will be detected, exposed, and eternally condemned at the last day.”
[J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels I, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1856-1873, p. 280-282]