Dressed for the Occasion

Chester Droog

READ : Matthew 22:1-14

Our parable today is very much like the one we read yesterday. That which caught my attention is the way in which this story ends. A man accepts an invitation to a wedding but gets booted out because he is not dressed in formal attire. That doesn’t fit the nature and spirit of Jesus. It is unlike Him to put so much emphasis on what one wears. Did He not say early in His ministry, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear” (Matt. 6:25). But don’t miss the point, this is a wedding of royalty. Royal weddings and formal attire are inseparable. You can’t come into the banquet hall unless you agree to the rules of the palace.

Neither can you separate faith and salvation. God in His grace invites us to the banquet, but faith alone allows us to sit at His table. God’s love is unconditional. Salvation is by grace. But the rule of the palace is that we must come in faith believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Some would have us believe that we can come to the royal wedding clothed in garments other than the garments of faith. By whose authority? “For many are invited, but few are chosen” (v. 14). I invite you to accept God’s invitation by faith.

PRAYER

Dear God, thank You for the grace that saved me, through faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.