Will you come to the wedding?
Have you ever been to a wedding where none of the relatives attended and all the guests were just people off the street? Probably not. Listen to this scenario.
Your closest friends and family, the ones you expect to come, ignore your wedding invitation. These are the people who claim to love you and know you best, but they don’t RSVP. You ask a hired assistant to call each of them personally. All of them say that they are not coming and furthermore, they verbally abuse your assistant. Bewildered and angry, you ask your assistant to go to the local café, grocery store, and restaurants, and say to the patrons, “Will you come to the wedding?”
Many of them come. Some of them remember talking with you briefly while waiting in line. Several of the guests have seen you before. All of them are honored that you would invite them to such an important occasion. There is one guest that needs to be watched, though. He has the look of a party crasher, one who is looking for fun, but not show the proper respect for the event. Eventually, you ask your assistant to have him escorted to the police station.
The ultimate wedding feast for the Bride of Christ
All Christians have been invited to come to Jesus’ wedding feast. Which type of guest are you? Are you the one that seems to know Him better than most, but your heart is full of judgement and self-righteousness? Do you want the benefits of knowing Jesus without “putting on his wedding clothes?” Or, are you the one who answers His call sincerely?
The church is the bride of Christ and “many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 (NIV) In the parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14), Jesus says that when the invited guests rejected the call to come to the feast and then killed his servants, the king burned their city to the ground. This was a stern warning to the Pharisees of the time. They were supposed to be holy men, men who professed to be close to God and know his Word. Instead of humbling themselves, they glorified themselves, and did not love God.
Today, we must ask ourselves: Are we trying to look like Christians to impress others, while our hearts are far from Him? Are we trying to fake it, hoping that no one will notice? Are we genuine followers who eagerly await the wedding feast with our Lord?