Jesus responded by speaking again in parables: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding party for his son. He sent his servants to call those invited to the wedding party. But they didn’t want to come. Again he sent other servants and said to them, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, the meal is all prepared. I’ve butchered the oxen and the fattened cattle. Now everything’s ready. Come to the wedding party!” ’ But they paid no attention and went away—some to their fields, others to their businesses. The rest of them grabbed his servants, abused them, and killed them. “The king was angry. He sent his soldiers to destroy those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren’t worthy. Therefore, go to the roads on the edge of town and invite everyone you find to the wedding party.’ “Then those servants went to the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding party was full of guests. Now when the king came in and saw the guests, he spotted a man who wasn’t wearing wedding clothes. He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he was speechless. Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet and throw him out into the farthest darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.’ “Many people are invited, but few people are chosen” (Matthew 22:1-14, Common English Bible).
I have a nephew and a niece who are getting married in 2018. They are brother and sister. While they are both getting married in the same year, they are both marrying other people. One, the nephew is getting married on New Year’s Day. My niece will be marrying in February. I have the privilege of performing both ceremonies.
When I got online this afternoon, one of my Facebook notifications was from my niece’s intended, my soon to be nephew. He was posting on their wedding event that they have reserved a block of hotel rooms for those who will be attending the wedding from out of town. The wedding will be in the town where my mom lives, so I have reservations at her “bed and breakfast.”
The thing is, my mom’s place doesn’t have enough room for all the family who will attend from out of town. There sure isn’t enough room for everyone. Most people will need to make other arrangements.
Though the wedding is still some eight months away, my niece and her fiance Charles, have already sent out save the date notifications via a Facebook event. The actual invitations will be coming but many people are already sending word that they plan to attend.
The king, in today’s lesson is throwing a wedding for his son. He invites all his friends but EVERYONE has an excuse. Some friends, right? I know that neither my nephew or niece are having this problem. They know, at least most of their friends and family will be there. Many have already given an RSVP indicating their intention to be there.
But, in the king’s case, they refused to come. They were far more interested in other things. So, the king sent out servants to invite others to come. And come they did. When the king arrived, the banquet was full.
The important thing here is, God has invited you to a wedding. But, you have to make the reservations and you must RSVP. Have you done so?
What will you say to God’s Invitation?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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