A Certain King made a marriage for His Son
Matthew 22:2-6 “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.”
The Lord told this parable about the preparation for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9).
The first servants sent forth were the prophets in the Old Testament….and Israel “would not come”.
God had wanted a Theocracy….where He was their king, but Israel refused to have Him as their king.
The second servants were the disciples which were sent out to preach the kingdom of God is at hand, when Jesus was on earth. (Matthew 10:5-7)
Everything was ready for the kingdom to be set up then….but “they made light of it, and went their ways”….
….”one to his farm”….(farms were quite complete in themselves)….to his own little world, without God.
….”another to his merchandise”….looking for profit from God, not to obey Him.
….”the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them”….John the Baptist was refused, and then beheaded…and he was the forerunner of Christ.
The message having been refused by Israel….God sends Rome against Israel and destroys Jerusalem (70 A.D.) (Matthew 22:7)
God sends other servants to bring in guests to His Son’s marriage supper.
Matthew 22:9-10 “Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.”
Some believe this to be the church sent out into the world with the gospel….
2 Peter 3:9, 13-14 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for the new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”
….others believe it to be the Jewish believers, sealed and sent out in the Tribulation period….preaching Christ as the true Lord and Son of God, to Israel again.
Revelation 7:3, 9, 14 “Saying, Hurt not the earth,….till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes,…
….And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
As the parable says….His servants went out and the “wedding was furnished with guests”.
Now you would think that would be the end of it….but…(and I believe this to be the true message of this parable Jesus is telling, for us today……we are to be ready to meet the King…and there is only one way to be ready.)
There are two calls given by the gospel:
The general call, which is heard by many….who hear it and only respond to the promise of the call….and not to receive Christ.
Then there is the effectual call, which is heard by those who open up their hearts and lives to Christ.
It is termed effectual, because it effects a real change in the Ruler, and direction of our life.
Matthew 22:11-14 “And when the king came into see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand and foot, and take him a way, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Are you wearing the wedding garment which is the righteousness of Christ imputed to all who receive Him by faith?
For when you had an audience with a king….a proper garment was provided to you….you did not go in, with your own garments on.
This man, however, appeared before the king without it….representing all who firmly believe they are ready for His kingdom to come….but are not.
There are many good people….yet their goodness does not lead them to faith.
There are many people who have a knowledge of God,….but knowledge does not give us faith.
All our righteousness is as filthy rags….
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
If we trust in our own goodness, kindness, or right living….we certainly will be “taken away” in our iniquities (iniquities is anything unequal to our high calling in Christ Jesus)…
……we can only be “ready” to come before the King if we come to Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior…..and put on Christ.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
For anyone to be saved, they must turn from their “own ways”, and come to Christ.
Have you heard the call to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and have you come to Him?
Or are you still making excuses and going your “own way”?