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[Anglican Devotional 13 February 2023] Topic: The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

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TOPIC: The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

READ: Matthew 22: 1-15 (AMP)

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables (comparisons, stories used to illustrate and explain), saying,
The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son
And sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they refused to come.
Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my banquet; my bullocks and my fat calves are killed, and everything is prepared; come to the wedding feast.
But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away–one to his farm, another to his business,
While the others seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and put them to death.
[Hearing this] the king was infuriated; and he sent his soldiers and put those murderers to death and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, The wedding [feast] is prepared, but those invited were not worthy.
So go to the thoroughfares where they leave the city [where the main roads and those from the country end] and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.
And those servants went out on the crossroads and got together as many as they found, both bad and good, so [the room in which] the wedding feast [was held] was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to view the guests, he looked intently at a man there who had on no wedding garment.
And he said, Friend, how did you come in here without putting on the [appropriate] wedding garment? And he was speechless (muzzled, gagged).
Then the king said to the attendants, Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.
Then the Pharisees went and consulted and plotted together how they might entangle Jesus in His talk.

In our text today, a king prepared a wedding feast for his son and invited special guests. He even sent servants to remind them, but the people refused to attend and treated his servants spitefully and some were killed. The angry king sent his army to destroy those murderers and burn their city. The king out of his love, sent his servants to invite other people from the highways to the feast.The king here is God. He has prepared a feast and a place for us in heaven (John 14: 1-3).

The invitation has been sent out by his ministers through the Gospel, first to the Jews, but they treated it with levity and then to the Gentiles. However, there is a condition: You must have a wedding garment. Anyone without this wedding garment will be cast into outer darkness for punishment. Only the Lord Jesus can give that wedding garment when one surrenders to His Lordship and becomes born again. Whosoever believes will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3: 16) Only the blood of Jesus can wash away sins (1 John 1: 7). Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? If not call on Him now!

PRAYER: Father thank You for Your love for mankind. May my garment always be white!

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