Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
Matthew 22: 1 – 3
Weddings in Jesus’ day were more often than not grand, lavish events. The parents of the betrothed generally drew up the marriage contract. The bride and groom would meet, perhaps for the first time, when this contract was signed. The couple was considered married at this point, but they would separate until the actual time of the ceremony. The wedding banquet was one of the most joyous occasions in Jewish life and could last for up to a week. In His parable, Jesus compares heaven to a wedding banquet that a king had prepared for his son. Many people had been invited, but when the time for the banquet came and the table was set, those invited refused to come. This would have been considered a huge social faux pas and would have had consequences though perhaps not as severe as those which we will learn about later in the week. Those hearing this parable would fully have understood the point that Jesus was making. Fortunately for us God, our King, extends his invitation to follow in Jesus’ footsteps with grace and without thought of ever rescinding it or seeking vengeance should we make excuses not to accept it. He promises that we will always have a place at his table even when at times we make excuses not to accept his invitation. This grace is an amazing gift way beyond anything that could ever be offered as a wedding gift. It is priceless and we must continue to make every effort to accept it and to extend the invitation to others.
Prayer: Gracious God, Thank you for your amazing invitation to be part of your Kingdom and to walk in the ways of your son. Amen
Action: Tell someone about God’s grace and invite them to experience it for themselves