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Caught With Their Wedding Garments Down

John Collins04/16/2012
Matthew 22 tells how Jesus gave the parable of the wedding feast.

Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven could be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call all those who were invited to the feast.  Those invited would not come.

Again, the king sent other servants and told them to "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready.  Come to the wedding feast.'"  Still, those invited paid no attention and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.  The rest seized his servants and treated them shamefully, even killing them.

The king was angry, and he sent his troops to destroy those murderers, and burned their city.  Then, he said to his servants, "The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy."  He instructed them to go to the main roads and invite as many as would come.  

The servants went out into the roads, and gathered all they could find, both bad and good.  The wedding hall was filled with guests.

When the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there was a man who had no wedding garment.  He said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?"  The man was speechless.

Then, the king commanded the other attendants to bind the man without a garment, hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness.  In that place, there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus said, "For many are called, but few are chosen."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we reject Jesus when he places His call in our hearts?  Even though He sends others our way to push us in the right direction, do we reject them or even condemn them?  Are we so busy with our business that we don't have time to do His will?  Do we look down on the sinners when God is doing great and mighty works in their lives, thinking that we are better than them because we are further along in our journey with Christ?  Or do we just show up in church with no calling at all, like the man without the wedding garment?  Are we chosen?