The Parable of the Wedding Feast
A king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22
My pastor preached on this passage for part of his message on sharing and living out our faith boldly this weekend. This passage lays out a scene for us that includes quite the party. Can you imagine being invited to a royal wedding (ahem, Kate Middleton) that had amazing, over the top food? I would NOT turn that down. And I would tell everyone I knew that I was invited to THE royal wedding. Jesus says in Matthew 22:1 that the kingdom of heaven can be compared to this royal wedding feast. So, it got me to thinking. Why on earth would we turn this party down? Here’s 5 reasons:
1) I have to brush my hair.
You know, I am busy. Lot’s to do. Way more important and amazing than being invited to the wedding of the century.
2) I don’t have anything to wear.
I have nothing spectacular enough to wear to a royal wedding. I am in no way fancy enough to step foot in a palace!
3) I won’t know anyone.
None of my friends are going, so that’s a no.
4) The plane ticket would use all my miles.
Ok, so it’s great I got an invite and all, but it’s going to take a lot of effort to get there.
5) I heard there’s no twerking.
Ok, obviously I know no one’s going to pull a Miley at the Royal wedding, but I heard that they are kind of, you know, prudes. I’m all about everyone having a good time, no matter what that looks like. Who are we to think what someone else is doing isn’t right?
The truth is, there are a million reasons to turn down Christ’s free gift to us, or to not take our faith seriously. But this is the biggest choice we could ever make. I encourage you to read and meditate on this parable, and examine your reasons to not join the party. I would love to see people’s comments on this passage and idea.
I am down for the party, are you?