Accepting God’s Invitation
Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 20-22
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 22:1-14
I remember the first time I read today’s key passage. I understood the metaphor that the invited guests that refused to come to the banquet were representative of people who have heard God’s message for the world but have chosen to ignore Him and reject Him. I understood that God sent the invitation to everyone just as God’s grace and salvation is open to everyone. The one thing I did not understand was the one man who was found without wedding clothes who was kicked out of the banquet. This seemed harsh to me. In my young mind, my first thought was – what if the man could not afford wedding clothes? It seemed so unfair to me, and it was a stumbling block for me, but then I started to learn more about God and about His Scriptures, and I came to understand this passage. You see, in the days of Jesus when a wedding was announced, the guests were GIVEN wedding clothes to wear. The person throwing the party freely gave every invited guest some fancy clothes to wear. This changed everything for me. The only reason this man would not be wearing the wedding clothes was because he did not think he needed them. Perhaps he was too proud to wear the clothes or too arrogant. For whatever reason, I could understand the king’s anger at this man for not putting on the clothes he had provided.
God is having a party and it is called eternal life. It is going to be the best party you can imagine and everyone is invited. You have received your invitation and it is in your hands whether you will attend. God even provided us all with wedding clothes to wear in the form of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus provided the wedding clothes for us by what He did on the cross. All you have to do to receive the gift of eternal life is put on the wedding clothes that Christ has provided for you, and you will be welcomed with open arms. As we all walk through this life, let us all put on the wedding clothes provided by Jesus, and let us all help others change their clothes as well.
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Posted on November 25, 2013, in 01 - Matthew and tagged Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.