Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”Jesus (Matt 22:1-14)
This may not have been the original meaning or message of this parable, but it was placed on my heart today. There are many within and outside of organized religion who expect to impress and reach God on the basis of their busyness – their own good works and merit. They are too busy working “for God” to have a relationship with God. But relationship is a key factor in being part of his family.
Our wedding clothes are Christ himself. Without the covering of his blood which restores our relationship with him, we cannot possibly be properly clothed.
While relationship with God does not earn us salvation, it is always present among his children. The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice. They know – or gradually learn – his gentleness, his love, his Spirit of liberation, his compassion, his sacrifice and suffering. They hear when he speaks.
Do you know him?
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2 Cor 3:15-17