“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ – Matthew 22:8-9 (NIV)
The US Presidential inauguration kicked off the season of parties, balls and gala for the powerful, rich and famous. The season continues and rounds into form with this weekend’s Super Bowl. There will be countless Super Bowl parties, but I’m not referring to the kind where hot wings and nachos are on the menu. I’m talking about the kind of parties attended by “A-listers” where formal tickets are issued and scanned for admission by security and where gift bags of expensive tchotchke are distributed to people who really don’t need them. The celeb party season rounds to a close later this month with the
In the text above Jesus tells a parable that started out with a VIP guest list, but ended up being an open call. A king’s son, a prince, was getting married so it seems, and the king sent his servants out far and wide to invite the movers and shakers (Matt 22:3). The king enticed the invited guests with a menu of oxen and fatted calf, yet they still did not come. A parallel telling of the parable in Luke reveals the guests offered every imaginable excuse for not coming (Luke 14:18-21). Upon hearing about the number of declined invitations, the frustrated king extended an open invitation to all.
The king in the parable is God and his son is of course Jesus Christ. God called the Jews to be his chosen people to showcase himself to the rest of humanity. The Jews largely rejected Jesus’ messianic claims. John 1:11 states, “He [referring to Jesus] came unto his own and own received him not” (KJV). Jesus’ death and resurrection become a gateway for God’s message of salvation to all humanity. The invitation to the wedding feast was extended to all.
The King of King’s invitation is to the ultimate party, the wedding feast of the Lamb of God – an eternal celebration in God’s presence. The best thing about this party is that everyone is invited! You don’t have to been on the Forbes 400 richest people list or trending on Twitter.
However, like many exclusive engagements admittance is based on who you know. You must know the bridegroom – Jesus Christ. Knowing not from a sense of giving mere mental assent to his existence as a historical figure or teacher of moral principles, but knowing from a sense of placing your very life in his hands. It is this transfer of trust that purchases your wedding attire and admittance to the party. In the parable those who were attired inappropriately were cast out of the wedding feast (Matthew 22:11-14).
The invitation has gone out. My question is, have you RSVP’ed in the affirmative? If you have, terrific. My second question is, are you telling others about the party? In the Lucan account of the parable the master tells his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full”(Luke 14:23)(NIV).
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let each one who hears them say, “Come.” (Revelation 22:17a).