In a similar vein, but with broader scope, the Lord Jesus delivers another parable to the large congregation gathered about Him, including His enemies.  Like so many of His parables recorded by Matthew, this one is given to illustrate the nature of the kingdom of heaven.  This picture involves a king who is preparing a wedding feast for his son.  Having made ready for the celebration, he sends out his servants to summon those who have been invited.  But the invitees, who no doubt represent Israel in general, and the religious establishment in particular, rejected the king’s summons.  Much like in the previous parable, the enraged king, having been rejected by those who should have been the most eager to accept his gracious invitation, sends forth his armies and destroys those murderers, and burns up their city.  What a grim and accurate picture this is of the fate which would befall Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in a few short years!

But the king would not cancel the wedding feast.  He sends out his servants again to gather in a new crowd.  What is this but a prophecy of Christ sending forth His apostles to gather in the Gentiles?  Paul told it to the unbelieving Jews: “The word of God is taken from you and given to the Gentiles, and they will hear it.”  As many as they could find were to be bidden to the marriage.  Thus, we are to go forth preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that they who believe may have their place at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  In this way the Father will furnish His Son’s wedding feast with guests, even with a great host which no man can number.

But there will be pretenders and usurpers attempting to slip into this feast who must be detected and cast out.  This is illustrated by the case of a man without a wedding garment.  In this parable it is only one man, but in reality the number of these unwanted guests is legion.  The professing churches are full of those who think to barge their way into Christ’s kingdom without the wedding garment.  They will be clothed in their own good works, their own observance of rituals, their own zeal, the power of their will.  Only those clothed with the garments of salvation, that robe of righteousness provided by the Lord of the feast, will be accepted.  We must be made the righteousness of God in Him if we would be accepted at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  Many are beckoned unto this glorious feast, but how few are actually chosen by God to be inheritors of this righteousness and partakers of His dainties!

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