In Matthew 22:1-14 Jesus talks about what the kingdom of heaven is like.
He compares it to a wedding banquet, or a wedding reception.
I like to think of it as a Valentines Party.
Here’s my more modern rendition:
The King is having THE party to end all parties to celebrate his Son and his True Love. He invited a group of people, but they refused the invitation. The King then told the servants to open the invitation up to EVERYONE. He told his servants to go out and stand on the street corners, telling everyone about this fabulous party and that they are ALL invited.
Every single person was invited this time, not just a select group.
They found all the people both good and bad and invited them to come into the Grand Hall to wait for the party to start. Just as the King came in to the hall, he noticed a man there who wasn’t wearing the proper party attire. The King called out to the man, “Friend, how did you get in here without being dressed properly for the party?”
The man was speechless.
He was totally caught off guard.
He thought he was dressed properly, he thought he was prepared for the party just like all the other invitees. The King then told the attendants to kick the man out of the party outside of the palace walls while everyone else went in to celebrate the love between the King’s Son and his True Love.
The party that everyone is talking about in this parable is a reality.
It’s God’s Valentine Invitation to the whole world. The King is God the Father. The Son is Jesus Christ. His True Love is his church; believers in Jesus as well as the attendees. Those who choose to reject his invitation of Love will not be clothed in the properattire and will miss out on the celebration.
Everyone is invited!
John 3:16 is one of the most popular verses to show God’s love for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son. That whoever believes in him will have everlasting life.”
In Galatians 3:27 it shows us how to be ready with the proper party attire, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
How will you respond?