Our family is excited about an upcoming wedding to participate in for two young people who have been in love for a long time. The wedding Covenant is the most important event, outdoors for this wedding. And we are so looking forward to the banquet after the couple have made their Covenant with God. . At the banquet in Jesus Parable, God our King has already sent invitations to His chosen people to the wedding banquet of His Son Jesus. Jesus is the Groom and His Church is the bride. Jesus has made the marriage and it’s time for the banquet. Servant disciples go out to bring those with invitations to the banquet and yet the previously-invited will not come!
In fact they murder a historic servant of God the King, John the Baptizer, and God sends out His troops to destroy the murders; God kills them. Do you share with me the astonishment that those with invitations to the wedding banquet turn down the invitation and servants are mistreated and murdered? So God turns His Face away from those with invitations, the chosen, and invites everyone else–Gentiles, the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful, the weak and the strong.
They come! The banquet hall is filled to overflowing and the celebration is underway when God the King sees a guest who is not wearing a wedding robe. He shows outwardly want he believes inwardly! This is meaningful! For when anyone is attending the Kingdom of God wedding banquet and does not have on one of the Robes of belief in Jesus the Son of God, he or she will be bound hand and foot and thrown into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. God does this.
God is just to judge, and pay special attention to the fact that His invitation to come to the banquet for His Son is for you and for me. Wear the Robe of Faithful belief in Jesus. Do not be afraid to show outwardly who you are inwardly.
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 23:10-14