Sunday, June 19, 2022

Thrown Into Hell for Wearing the Wrong Clothes?

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When I was a boy, my friends and I were playing outside of a Catholic church where they just had a wedding. Someone at the reception asked us if we wanted some wedding cake and invited us in. We walked into the church, dirty and barefooted, and ate the wedding cake that was meant to honor a married couple we didn’t even know.

Jesus told a parable about a king who gave a wedding feast to honor his son. In those days, the king would send out two invitations. The first was to inform the guests they were invited to the feast. The second was to let the invited guests know the feast was ready and it was time to come. Even though they were all invited, some were unwilling, while others simply ignored the invitation (Matt. 22:1-4).

Because they refused, the king decided to invite everyone to come. The slaves went out and invited, “both good and evil,” and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests (22:9-10). This was unheard of—that a king would invite strangers and evil people to such a special event.

The king provided a wedding garment for each invited guest to honor his son. All they had to do was wear it. The king looked over the dinner guests and saw a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes. When asked why he didn’t put on the wedding garment, the man was speechless. Then the king told the slaves to “throw him into outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (22:11-13). The wedding garment represents the robe of righteousness (Isa. 61:10), but this man refused to wear it.

My friends and I ate the wedding cake, but we didn’t care about honoring the people who got married. This man wanted to eat the food at the banquet, but didn’t care about honoring the king’s son. The point? No one gets into heaven without putting on God's gift of His righteousness.

God is inviting you to spend eternity with Him, but you must accept the invitation and receive the robe of righteousness.  Honoring Jesus comes first, and then we’ll enjoy the wedding feast in heaven. 


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